14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
but the wise will appease it.
15 When a king’s face brightens, it means life;
his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to get insight rather than silver!
17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;
those who guard their ways preserve their lives.
18 Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
than to share plunder with the proud.
When we think of royalty and the position of a king and queen, we don’t think of humility for them. We tend to think that those who are subject to the king and queen need to be humble, but that it should not apply to the king at all. After all, they have authority and power and can punish you if you talk negatively towards the king. Their position is to serve their nation and to do what’s best for their country.
When Solomon wrote this, he spoke of wisdom and how it is better to get wisdom than gold. After all, it was Solomon’s humility before God that got him his wisdom and riches. God granted anything he wanted and all he wanted was wisdom to lead God’s people. He was humble for a time, but even Solomon grew proud and chased after many things that was against God’s will. His pride grew and he many wives, following their foreign gods. He did not use the wisdom he learned from the beginning to stay away from the foreign gods. This message speaks to us as we grow older to stay humble and committed to God.