Proverbs 25:7
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New International Version
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

King James Bible
For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

Darby Bible Translation
for better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither, than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes see.

World English Bible
for it is better that it be said to you, "Come up here," than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, whom your eyes have seen.

Young's Literal Translation
For better that he hath said to thee, 'Come thou up hither,' Than that he humble thee before a noble, Whom thine eyes have seen.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Come up hither - Our Lord refers to this, see Luke 14:8 (note), and the notes there. Be humble; affect not high things; let those who are desperate climb dangerous precipices; keep thyself quiet, and thou shalt live at ease, and in peace. Hear the speech of a wise heathen on this subject: -

Quid fuit, ut tutas agitaret Daedalus alas;Icarus immensas nomine signet aquas?

Nempe quod hic alte, dimissus ille volabat.Nam pennas ambo nonne habuere suas?

Crede mihi; bene qui latuit, bene vixit; et infraFortunam debet quisque manere suam.

Vive sine invidia; mollesque inglorius annosExige: amicitias et tibi junge pares.

Ovid, Trist. lib. iii., El. 4, ver. 21.

"Why was it that Daedalus winged his way safely, while Icarus his son fell, and gave name to the Icarian sea? Was it not because the son flew aloft, and the father skimmed the ground? For both were furnished with the same kind of wings. Take my word for it, that he who lives privately lives safely; and every one should live within his own income. Envy no man; pray for a quiet life, though it should not be dignified. Seek a friend, and associate with thy equals."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Proverbs 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Luke 14:8-10 When you are bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honorable man than you be bidden of him...

come or be humble; affect not high things keep thyself quiet; and thou shalt live at ease in safety and in peace.

Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven...


Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalts himself shall be abased...

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility...

An Unwalled City
'He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.'--PROVERBS xxv. 28. The text gives us a picture of a state of society when an unwalled city is no place for men to dwell in. In the Europe of today there are still fortified places, but for the most part, battlements are turned into promenades; the gateways are gateless; the sweet flowers blooming where armed feet used to tread; and men live securely without bolts and bars. But their spirits cannot yet
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

That a Man Should not be a Curious Searcher of the Sacrament, but a Humble Imitator of Christ, Submitting his Sense to Holy Faith
The Voice of the Beloved Thou must take heed of curious and useless searching into this most profound Sacrament, if thou wilt not be plunged into the abyss of doubt. He that is a searcher of Majesty shall be oppressed by the glory thereof.(1) God is able to do more than man can understand. A pious and humble search after truth is to be allowed, when it is always ready to be taught, and striving to walk after the wholesome opinions of the fathers. 2. Blessed is the simplicity which leaveth alone
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

God's Glory the Chief End of Man's Being
Rom. xi. 36.--"Of him and through him, and to him, are all things, to whom be glory for ever." And 1 Cor. x. 31--"Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." All that men have to know, may be comprised under these two heads,--What their end is, and What is the right way to attain to that end? And all that we have to do, is by any means to seek to compass that end. These are the two cardinal points of a man's knowledge and exercise. Quo et qua eundum est,--Whither to go, and what way to go.
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Christian Behavior
Being the fruits of true Christianity: Teaching husbands, wives, parents, children, masters, servants, etc., how to walk so as to please God. With a word of direction to all backsliders. Advertisement by the Editor This valuable practical treatise, was first published as a pocket volume about the year 1674, soon after the author's final release from his long and dangerous imprisonment. It is evident from the concluding paragraph that he considered his liberty and even his life to be still in a very
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

Cross References
Luke 14:7
When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:

Luke 14:8
"When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.

Luke 14:10
But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests.

Proverbs 25:6
Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among his great men;

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