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What difference is there for a nation between poor leadership and wise leadership? Does it make a difference? Can the people tell?

According to Proverbs 28:2 there is a definite difference between good and poor leadership.

Wise and Knowledgeable Leadership Brings Stability

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Proverbs 28:2 states:

When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.
But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability. (NLT)

Based on my understanding of Biblical Hebrew, here is a more literal translation of Proverbs 28:2:

By many violations of the region by officials;
But a man understanding and knowing thus has been made long.

Proverbs 28:2Here’s my examination of each of the words and their syntax in this verse:

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In his 600 page commentary on the Book of Proverbs Tremper Longham III describes a proverb as a “short, pithy saying that offers advice or an observation on the world” (p., 54).

A Leader Is Godly and a Godly Leader is Honest

Today’s blog post continues my series of posts examining the six times the Book of Proverbs mentions the word “leader” or “leadership.” Read the other posts here and here.

Today’s post looks at Proverbs 17:26 which states,

It is wrong to punish the godly for being good
or to flog leaders for being honest (New Living Translation).

Based on my understanding of Biblical Hebrew, a more literal word-for-word translation of this verse is,

Also, it is not good to fine the righteous
to smite leaders on account of their righteousness.

Here’s a breakdown of the words in this text and my examination:

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One of the important qualities of a leader is hard work. Being a hard worker does not make someone a leader, but it is an important quality of a leader.

Why Hard Work is ONLY a Quality of a Leader

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In today’s post I will examine Proverbs 12:24 and look at the topic of leadership and hard work. Proverbs 12:24 (NLT) declares:

Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.

When examining the Hebrew text of this verse I see a few additional things here: Continue Reading…

Do you know of an organization that lacks wise leadership and advisers directing that organization? If you do, then that organization will fail.

John Maxwell says,  “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” And, in a way, this is true.

The Bible attests to this, and I am sure that Maxwell’s thought was probably not original with him but instead was derived from his study of the Bible.

Without Wise Leadership a Nation Will Fail

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The book of Proverbs in the Bible mentions the word “leader” or “leadership” six different times. The first time the book mentions leadership is here:

Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers. – Proverbs 11:14 (NLT)

Sadly, there are nations in our world who do not have wise leadership. Some of the conflicts occurring in Ukraine reference this right now.

Proverbs 11:14 in HebrewBased on my own reading of the Hebrew text here are two thoughts about the language as I studied the literal meaning of this verse: Continue Reading…

As wisdom literature the book of Proverbs provides succinct and poetic biblical advice. Most of the proverbs are from King Solomon but there are other proverbs from King Lemuel and Agur.

In this blog post I will share six verses from Proverbs related to leadership.

Insights on Leadership from the Book of Proverbs

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In the book of Proverbs the word leader or leadership occurs six times. This is based on the New Living Translation and the NLT Comprehensive Concordance.

1. Proverbs 11:14

Without wise leadership a nation fails; there is safety in having many advisers.

This proverb emphasizes the necessity of a leader to have a team around him. He needs a group of people who share his values but also offer different strengths and perspectives on the work he is attempting to lead. Continue Reading…