Proverbs 25:6-7

6 Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,

   and do not claim a place among his great men;

7 it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”

   than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.

What you have seen with your eyes

 

 Arrogance tends to backfire. While it is good to be inwardly confident, it is foolish to be prideful – especially in the presence of those above you. How do you respond to those who boast about themselves? Do you respect them more, or less? If you crave respect you must earn it, and even then it is unwise to boast. “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

 “It is better for him to say to you, ‘Come up here,’ than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.” If you humble yourself, seeking less recognition than you deserve, you minimize the risk of being humiliated. If you reinforce your humility with patience, sooner or later you will be recognized. If you are proud and impatient, on the other hand, it is only a matter of time until you are humiliated.

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