10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices;
And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.
11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted,
But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
12 He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,
But a man of understanding holds his peace.
13 A talebearer reveals secrets,
But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.
14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
The Bible has much to say about human government. This section speaks to the wisdom and foolishness of those in public offices. The consistent parallels with righteousness and joy, blessing and exaltation, understanding and holding one’s peace, good counsel and safety, are all qualities we long for in our human governments. Unfortunately, we seem to be living in the negative side of these proverbs: we are overthrown by those with wicked mouths, those devoid of wisdom despise their neighbors, they reveal secrets, and they do not act with good counsel.
Having lived in the US and in the Chicago area for a lot of years, and then moving to Indonesia in an election cycle, and watching Great Britain dealing with Brexit while other countries of the world also seem too be imploding, you would think that there would be a movement back to real wisdom. The foolishness of those who have rejected God in their knowledge is stunning. They have rejected the first great commandment, to love God with all of their hearts, and they have forsaken the second great commandment, to love their neighbor as themselves. Everyone is out for their own agenda and their own good, with little real regard for others of differing thoughts and opinions.
As we pray for our governments, which we are called to do, let us pray that they will have Nebuchadnezzar moments where they realize that there is a God on earth who is sovereign over the affairs of men. At that moment then they would seek the wisdom of the God of Creation, the God of the ages who best knows what mankind needs. For then, and only then, will we gain righteous people in authority who will bring us peace and rejoicing.
The last words of David speak to this great need of the rulers in government.
2 Samuel 23:3–4
3 The God of Israel said,
The Rock of Israel spoke to me:
‘He who rules over men must be just,
Ruling in the fear of God.
4 And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
Like the tender grass springing out of the earth,
By clear shining after rain.’
For those of you who enjoy Scripture set to music, these words were put to music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Van7VC01p0
Have a great day in the Lord,