Proverbs 16:12

It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. KJV

As we move through this book the young man and future king is growing older and we are reading verses that show the application of wisdom for kings and those in authority.

In my early years working for the Telephone Company my foreman was going on vacation and he appointed me to be a temporary foreman while he was gone. On my first day some of the guys I worked with wanted me to make some policy changes and even fire one of our co-workers thinking I was the boss now and had the authority to do so. I was given some authority, yet I remained under the authority of my foreman. Where authority is given there is responsibility and accountability. The same is true for kings.

Leaders face many temptations that will appeal to their pride and power, but, no matter how much authority they have they will be held accountable. Jesus said we cannot serve two masters. Here are a few verses for further study. 1Kings 18:21; Galatians 1:10; James 4:4; Luke 16:1-13; 12:35-48