Proverbs 16:12
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New International Version
Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.

New Living Translation
A king detests wrongdoing, for his rule is built on justice.

English Standard Version
It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness.

New American Standard Bible
It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a throne is established on righteousness.

King James Bible
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wicked behavior is detestable to kings, since a throne is established through righteousness.

International Standard Version
Kings detest wrongdoing, for through righteousness the throne is established.

NET Bible
Doing wickedness is an abomination to kings, because a throne is established in righteousness.

New Heart English Bible
It is an abomination to kings to do wickedness, for the throne is established by righteousness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Kings that do evil are defiled because the throne is established in righteousness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wrongdoing is disgusting to kings because a throne is established through righteousness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness; For the throne is established by righteousness.

New American Standard 1977
It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness,
            For a throne is established on righteousness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness, for the throne is to be established with righteousness.

King James 2000 Bible
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

American King James Version
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

American Standard Version
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness; For the throne is established by righteousness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They that act wickedly are abominable to the king: for the throne is established by justice.

Darby Bible Translation
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness; for the throne is established by righteousness.

English Revised Version
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

World English Bible
It is an abomination for kings to do wrong, for the throne is established by righteousness.

Young's Literal Translation
An abomination to kings is doing wickedness, For by righteousness is a throne established.
(12) It is an abomination to kings. . . .--This and the following verse are, like Proverbs 16:10, descriptive of the ideal king who, above all things, loves truth and justice. Psalms 72 works out the thought more fully. How feebly the character was fulfilled by Solomon or the best of his successors the history of Israel shews. It was too high a conception for man to carry out, and was fulfilled only in the person of David's Son, who is "King of kings, and Lord of lords" (Revelation 19:16).

Verse 12. - It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness. This and the following verse give the ideal view of the monarch - that which he ought to be rather than what be is (comp. Psalm 72.). Certainly neither Solomon nor many of his successors exhibited this high character. The Septuagint, followed by some modern commentators, translates, "He who doeth wickedness is an abomination to kings;" but as the "righteousness" in the second clause (the throne is established by righteousness) undoubtedly refers to the king, so it is more natural to take the "wickedness" in the first member as being his own, not his subjects'. When a ruler acts justly and wisely, punishes the unruly, rewards the virtuous, acts as God's vicegerent, and himself sets the example of the character which becomes so high a position, he wins the affection of his people, they willingly obey him. and are ready to die for him and his family (comp. Proverbs 25:5; Isaiah 16:5). Lawmakers should not be law breakers. Seneca, 'Thyest.,' 215 -

"Ubi non est pudor,
Nec cura juris, sanctitas, pietas, fides,
Instabile regnum est."
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness,.... The Targum is,

"the abomination of kings are they that work wickedness.''

It should be an abomination to kings to commit wickedness themselves, and those that do it should be abhorred by them, or they should show their resentment at it by removing them from their presence, or by punishing them: and though there have been such kings as David, Psalm 101:4; yet there are but few such; this is not true of kings in common; and therefore rather expresses what they should be than what they are; but is perfectly applicable to Christ, who loves righteousness and hates iniquity, Psalm 45:7;

for the throne is established by righteousness; this is the support, strength, and security of every kingdom, and of the thrones of kings; and it is with judgment and righteousness that the throne of Christ is established; yea, justice and judgment are the habitation of his throne, Isaiah 9:7. 12. Rulers are rightly expected, by their position, to hate evil; for their power is sustained by righteousness.16:12. The ruler that uses his power aright, will find that to be his best security. 13. Put those in power who know how to speak to the purpose. 14,15. Those are fools, who, to obtain the favour of an earthly prince, throw themselves out of God's favour. 16. There is joy and satisfaction of spirit, only in getting wisdom. 17. A sincerely religious man keeps at a distance from every appearance of evil. Happy is the man that walks in Christ, and is led by the Spirit of Christ. 18. When men defy God's judgments, and think themselves far from them, it is a sign they are at the door. Let us not fear the pride of others, but fear pride in ourselves. 19. Humility, though it exposes to contempt in the world, is much better than high-spiritedness, which makes God an enemy. He that understands God's word shall find good. 21. The man whose wisdom dwells in his heart, will be found more truly prudent than many who possess shining talents. 22. As waters to a thirsty land, so is a wise man to his friends and neighbours. 23. The wise man's self-knowledge, always suggests something proper to be spoken to others. 24. The word of God cures the diseases that weaken our souls. 25. This is caution to all, to take heed of deceiving themselves as to their souls. 26. We must labour for the meat which endureth to everlasting life, or we must perish.
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