10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury—
how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
11 A person’s wisdom yields patience;
it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
12 A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass.
Wealth and power can be quite destructive in the wrong hands, how many have been corrupted by them? Though the fool believes that luxury will solve his problems, instead it brings out the worst in him. What motive is left to be responsible? The same goes for power given to the slave, his resentments are magnified and his prejudice unrestrained. Once a victim, he quickly becomes an oppressor.
“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” It is through wisdom that the natural self is overcome; haste gives way to patience, resentment gives way to mercy. The ability to humble one’s self and forgive is not a sign of weakness, as the fool assumes, but rather the mark of true greatness. Glory belongs to those who prevail over great difficulty, what is more difficult than overcoming evil with good?
“A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like the dew on the grass.” The wrath of a king evokes terror, just as the roar of a lion, because it is an unexpected warning of things to come. But his favor is often more subtle, unappreciated as the dew – without which the grass would wither. It is easy to be preoccupied with the controversy of the moment and forget the blessings we take for granted. Let us give thanks for the favor God grants us – without which we too would wither – all the more in times of anxiety.