Ecclesiastes 10:4 says, “If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place, for calmness will lay great offenses to rest”.
Fools expose themselves in how they respond to difficult superiors. The verse above clearly states that even if a great offense has occurred, the best course of action is to stay calm, and stay where you are. Don’t get upset, attempt to defend yourself, blame shift, or fight back.
This approach gives the ruler an opportunity to vent and move on. If you take the outburst too personally then you end up responding emotionally, and that only escalates the tension. Maybe Solomon had himself in mind. He probably lost his cool occasionally.
We can be very right, but very wrong in the way we prove it. As one man put it “There are two types of people: those who try to win and those who try to win arguments. They are never the same”. These are words to live by, and with a despotic ruler, quite literally.