Proverbs 25:6

6 Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great.

Proverbs 25:6 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 25:6

Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king
Intrude not thyself into his presence; or rush not into it in a rude and irreverent way; or be not ambitious to be a courtier: or "do not appear glorious", as the Vulgate Latin version renders it; or "honour thyself"


F1 as the word signifies; do not appear too gay at court, or make too splendid an appearance, above thy fortune and station; and which may seem to vie with and outdo the king himself, which will not be well taken; princes love not to be equalled, and much less excelled; and stand not in the place of great [men];
where the king's family or his nobles should stand, his ministers and counsellors of state, and those that wait upon him.
F1 (rdhtt la) "ne tibi assumas honorem", Cocceius; "ne honores teipsum", Michaelis; "ne magnificum te facias", Schultens; "ne magnifices te", Pagninus, Mercerus, Gejerus.

Proverbs 25:6 In-Context

4 Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith.
5 Remove the wicked from the king’s court, and his reign will be made secure by justice.
6 Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great.
7 It’s better to wait for an invitation to the head table than to be sent away in public disgrace. Just because you’ve seen something,
8 don’t be in a hurry to go to court. For what will you do in the end if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat?
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