The Ideal King – Proverbs 16:12

Proverbs 16:12 "It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness."

This is one of a series of six verses describing the ideal king (Prov. 16:10-15). Of course, the ideal king is something the Godly rulers of this world strive to be, but only Christ is the perfect King, for he is the King of Kings (Rev. 17:14). He is the benchmark of perfection. The benchmarks of a good king and are the following:

  1. His mouth does not transgress in judgment (16:10)
  1. He is a person of integrity (16:11)
  1. His judgment comes from God (16:10).
  1. Doing wrong is abominable to him, because the throne is established in righteousness (16:12)
  1. He delights in righteous lips (speech) (16:13)
  1. He loves them that speak what is right (16:13)
  1. His wrath is as messengers of death that can be pacified by a wise man (16:14). Thus he is teachable.
  1. In the light of the king’s countenance is life (16:15)
  1. His favor is as a cloud of the latter rain. The Jamieson-Fausset Brown Bible Commentary says the "latter rain" refers to the valuable rainfall just before harvest that matured the crop (Deut. 11:14)

These are all qualities that we as believers should have. Jesus, the King of kings, has made us kings and priests unto God (Holy Spirit) and His Father (Rev. 1:5-6).

Is sin abominable, that is, utterly disgusting and detestable, to me? Have I allowed sin to remain in my life, and thus given the devil ground and possibly a stronghold in my life? If so, I need to confess the sin, and ask God to tear down the wrong strongholds of wrong thinking in my life, and to transform me through renewing my mind (1 John 1:9, 2 Cor. 10:3-5, Rom. 12:2). God has called us, not to uncleanness, but to holiness (1 Thes. 4:7). Does my life exude the reality of my calling to holiness? May we, as does a Godly king, hate evil and cleave to righteousness (Rom. 12:9). May we ask God to search us and know our hearts, to see if there is any wicked way in us, and to lead us in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-34).


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