To get the truest understanding of a message, you must look at its intended audience. In the case of the Proverbs, the intended audience was the son of the wise king. 

If you think about a king’s son, the messages of Proverbs take on special meaning.  A king’s son would have all the best teachers and resources, so he would likely be educated and articulate far beyond his peers. A king’s son would likely be exposed to the most important dignitaries in the world and familiar with the formalities of the king’s court so he would be confident in almost any social setting. A king’s son would have grown up seeing wealth unimagined to those outside the palace so he would be familiar with the finer things of society. And a king’s son would know unless some tragedy occurred, he would be heir to the throne. As the next king, the son would soon be entitled to all the power, control and riches of his father’s kingdom.

This means the son was likely very educated, a skilled communicator, socially confident, and the presumed heir to unprecedented power and wealth.

Basically, the son had all the natural makings of a leader. he was born, bred and trained to be the best leader in the realm. The king could have sat back and awaited his son’s certain rule and assumed those privileges would be enough.

But he did not.  

What did the wise king tell his son who had a host of competitive advantages? The same things that every naturally gifted mind needs to consider before taking on a leadership role.

Use your words to be calm, kind and gentle. (Proverbs 15:1-3)

You will never be beyond needing to hear criticism.  (Proverbs 15: 5,10,12)

You will always need wise counselors. (Proverbs 15:22, 31-32)

Pride will ruin you and your house. (Proverbs 15:25, 33)

Pray sincerely, humbly and often. (Proverbs: 15:8, 29)

God is watching you. Always. (Proverbs 15:3)

The upside down business idea is this: A wise leader knows environmental advantages cannot compensate for a lack of good character.

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