New American Standard Bible
Do not claim honor in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of great men;
King James Bible
Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
Darby Bible Translation
Put not thyself forward in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of the great;
World English Bible
Don't exalt yourself in the presence of the king, or claim a place among great men;
Young's Literal Translation
Honour not thyself before a king, And in the place of the great stand not.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The pushing, boastful temper is, in the long run, suicidal. It is wiser as well as nobler to take the lower place at first in humility, than to take it afterward with shame. Compare Luke 14:8-10, which is one of the few instances in which our Lord's teaching was fashioned, as to its outward form, upon that of this book.
A sermon (No. 2866) delivered on Thursday Evening, January 6th, 1876, by C.H. Spurgeon at The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country."--Proverbs 25:25. This is a text for summertime rather than for a winter's evening. It is only on one of our hottest summer days that we could fully appreciate the illustration here employed; we need to be parched with thirst to be able to feel the value of cold waters to quench our thirst. At the same …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
Epistle Xlii. To Eulogius, Patriarch of Alexandria.
The Ninth Commandment
"When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him,
"But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher'; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are at the table with you.
Take away the wicked before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness.
For it is better that it be said to you, "Come up here," Than for you to be placed lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.
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