My son, fear you the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
The word "fear" expresses the general idea of reverence, or of holding in awe. God is to be feared according to the nature and authority of His government, kings according to the nature and authority of theirs; God supremely, kings subordinately; God as the source of all power, kings as holding theirs of God, and responsible to Him for the use they make of it. God for His character; kings simply as the representatives of power. God with a fear ever associated with the love of complacency; kings with as much love as their personal character admits of.
(R. Wardlaw, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: