It is the glory of ELOHIM to conceal a matter,

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but the glory of kings to deeply search out

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a matter.


God receives glory when we recognize that He has the wisdom and authority to withhold knowledge indefinitely or until He deems it the right time to reveal it; however, a good leader is recognized as a good leader when he demonstrates the ability to pull back the layers that obscure an issue so he can explain to his people what is really going on.


1: "a matter"

This Hebrew word is usually rendered “word” but sometimes it means things like “business, a matter, an issue,” as it does here.

2: "search out"

The root word behind this word means “to penetrate,” therefore this word means “to search out, to investigate, to examine.”