Take away the impurities from the silver,
and a good smith can create something of value;
Take away the wicked from among the king’s advisors,
and his reign will be established with integrity.
While reading this passage in The Voice translation the other night, I began to ponder what the words might mean if I put others in the place of the king.
Others, meaning you or me.
If I were to “take away the wicked from among [my] advisors”, what would be the result?
Kings had formal advisors to converse with about important things.
Not considering my friends to be formal advisors, they are, however, a very real influence.
Now, what about that word, wicked?
I can honestly say I don’t have any wicked friends.
Being curious about it, I looked up some words that mean the same thing:
No. My friends don’t fall into this category.
So, what is the result?
My reign will be established in integrity.
Not being a king (or queen), I don’t have a reign.
I do, nonetheless, have influence.
Influence on my family.
Influence on the people I work with.
Influence on the people I see at church.
Influence on the very friends that I am influenced by.
Applying this scripture to myself, I can come to the conclusion that if I choose only wise and God honoring people to be my advisors/friends, then my own influence will be one of integrity.
And how important is that to me?
How important is that to you?