INTRODUCTION: Note the word “kings” (v.1, 2, 3, 5, and 6). This has to do with royalty.
This is how the king should rule and reign. The protocol of the king should be a reminder of
how we all should conduct our lives.
I. Activate Your Mind (v.2)
Be a thinker. We can become wise people, great thinkers and good leaders if we “mind our
mind”. The mind is a terrible thing to waste. God has revealed yet a lot is still concealed. Jesus
said “Search the scriptures…” Paul said “Study to show yourself approved…” Proverbs is
revealed truth but you must dig to uncover it. God is infinite. We are finite. “Search”=
understand. Grasp the ways of God. See Isa. 55:9; Matt. 22:37; Rom. 12:2.
II. Evaluate Your Heart (v.3)
Every heart is beyond understanding. There is nothing more complex than the mind. Just when
you think you have a person figured out they do something out of character. It reveals another
side. It destroys that neat little model. Noah got drunk. Abraham lied. Moses killed. Aaron
made a calf. David committed adultery. Solomon became an idolater. See Jer. 17:9-10. See
also I Sam. 16:7; Deut. 6:5; Ps. 14:1; 51:10; Prov. 3:5; Matt. 5:8, 6:21.
III. Eliminate Your Impurities (v.4-5)
The silversmith must remove impurities from the silver to create a thing of beauty. The king
must remove evil from his kingdom if it is to be secure. We must remove impurities if we are to
be effective. See Matt. 5:8; Eph. 5:5; I Thess. 4:7; Rev. 21:27.
IV. Generate Your Humility (v.6-7)
Beware of self-assertions and self-promotions. Look out for pushy people. Learn to take a
backseat. Many people want to place themselves where they don’t belong in hopes of being
recognized for what they are not. They will become royally humiliated. See Lk. 14:7-11; Phil.
2:8; Matt. 23:12; James 4:10; Prov. 11:2, 15:33; I Pet. 5:5; 2 Chron. 7:14.
V. Regulate Your Emotions (v.8)
Beware of hastily reporting and carelessly speaking about an issue. Appearances can be
deceiving. Don’t litigate too quickly. See Luke 12:57-59. Here is a picture of someone unable
to control their temper. Beware of picking a quarrel lest you pick one too many. You may meet
your match in the end.
VI. Moderate Your Speech (v.9-10)
The latter has to do with taking to court. Here the issue is directly with a neighbor. Disputes of
any kind increase the chances of humiliation. These verses encourage us to maintain
confidences by showing the negative consequences of disclosure. You may lose your reputation.
Make your case to your adversary and do not reveal it to another. It is assumed that we will have
arguments and that at times we will have to share a confidence. See Matt. 18:15FF. Involving
others often times enlarges the problem. It degenerates into a feud (Gen. 45:1, 3-15).
People lose respect and credibility. They gain a stigma that can never be erased.
CONCLUSION: Practice these royal rules.