The previous chapter included a transition back to King Solomon’s wisdom, so today’s reading continues the fourth division of verses. After all of this study, few verses seem so powerful as those that are metaphorical, where the meaning is hidden between the lines. This fact highlights verse 2; God enjoys concealing His truths, so that only the worthy seek and find Him, while kings take pleasure from revealing and understanding those same truths, and thus proving their worth. The final verse is an excellent example of this truth — a city with broken walls will allow enemies to enter and take over, just as a believer without self-control will fall to temptations.
Verse 2: “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”
Verses 21-22: “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing so, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”
Verse 28: “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.”