“If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.”
From the first phrase of the verse, it is clear that it is foolish to try and lift up ourselves. Promotion is not for our doing, for it belongs to the Lord.
“Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”
There is only One who is to be lifted up.
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
Who are we compared to Him to lift ourselves up?
“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.”
If we will humble ourselves before Him, He shall reward us according to His will.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
Agur gives us great advice for those times when we desire to lift ourselves up or when we have evil thoughts.
Covering our mouths will prevent us from saying something that we cannot get back and will later regret.
“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”
Ecclesiastes 5-6 | Revelation 4 | Proverbs 30
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