Ambition: Proverbs 25:6-7

Proverbs 25:6-7  Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men;  (7)  it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.

Some notes about the Holy Thursday washing of the feet - Diocese of San Jose

Jesus quotes directly from this proverb [see Luke 14 verses 7-11].

The English saying that compares is “Take a back seat!”

Human behaviour seems to prefer the opposite:

“Fortune favours the bold!”

And yet: “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread”

Like so many proverbs, we get two statements that appear to contradict but, in context, make a lot of sense.

The context in today’s proverb is sensible humility and willingness to appreciate the quality of others.

Philippians 2:3  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves

Proverbs 27:2  Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.