I'll just get right into it.
Vs 6-7: Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of great men; for it is better that he say to you, "come up here'" than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, whom your eyes have seen.
Its all about humility and this is how we should live. In Phil 2 v 3 it says: but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
If we always esteem others more highly than ourselves, we will never fall into the trap of thinking ourselves better than anyone else. Not easy, but something to aim for.
Vs 8-9: Do not go hastily to court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbour has put you to shame? Debate your case with your neighbour himself, and do not disclose the secret to another.
We live in a society that is quick to say, "so sue me!" or "I'll take you to court!" We should be going to the one we have a dispute with and try to sort it out. I believe if we approach someone with whom we have a dispute humbly, we should be able to resolve it. I'm sure, we all know first hand that some people are just outright unreasonable and nothing and no-one will deter them from the path they've chosen. But God holds us responsible for our actions, not theirs!
Vs 21-22: If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
This is what I call reverse psychology. Do what is not expected, do it humbly, with the right attitude and do it as unto the Lord, and He will reward you. I also kind of get a kick out of the whole heaping coals thing although I'm pretty sure this falls under 'wrong motive."
Vs 26: A righteous man who falters before the wicked is like a murky spring and a polluted well.
I take this as an admonition to have integrity, stick by what you believe, trusting God for the outcome. To falter would be a dent in your testimony.
Vs 28: Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.
I think what's being said here is that if we lack self-control, we are like a city with no defenses - easy to attack, easy to fall apart - Gives a whole new meaning to desiring self-control as one of the fruits of the Spirit.
Hope you are loving Proverbs as much as I am