Proverbs 20:8
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New International Version
When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.

New Living Translation
When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good.

English Standard Version
A king who sits on the throne of judgment winnows all evil with his eyes.

New American Standard Bible
A king who sits on the throne of justice Disperses all evil with his eyes.

King James Bible
A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A king sitting on a throne to judge sifts out all evil with his eyes.

International Standard Version
A king sits on a throne of justice, sifting out all sorts of evil with his glance.

NET Bible
A king sitting on the throne to judge separates out all evil with his eyes.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The King sits upon the throne of judgment and all the wicked are scattered before him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A king who sits on his throne to judge sifts out every evil with his eyes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A king that sits in the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
A king that sits in the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.

American King James Version
A king that sits in the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.

American Standard Version
A king that sitteth on the throne of judgment Scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The king, that sitteth on the throne of judgment, scattereth away all evil with his look.

Darby Bible Translation
A king sitting on the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

English Revised Version
A king that sitteth on the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

Webster's Bible Translation
A king that sitteth on the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

World English Bible
A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.

Young's Literal Translation
A king sitting on a throne of judgment, Is scattering with his eyes all evil,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:7. A good man is not liable to uneasiness in contriving what he shall do, or in reflecting on what he has done, as those who walk in deceit. And his family fare better for his sake. 8. If great men are good men, they may do much good, and prevent very much evil. 9. Some can say, Through grace, we are cleaner than we have been; but it was the work of the Holy Spirit. 10. See the various deceits men use, of which the love of money is the root. The Lord will not bless what is thus gotten. 11. Parents should observe their children, that they may manage them accordingly. 12. All our powers and faculties are from God, and are to be employed for him. 13. Those that indulge themselves, may expect to want necessaries, which should have been gotten by honest labour. 14. Men use arts to get a good bargain, and to buy cheap; whereas a man ought to be ashamed of a fraud and a lie. 15. He that prefers true knowledge to riches, follows the ways of religion and happiness. If we really believed this truth, the word of God would be valued as it deserves, and the world would lose its tempting influence. 16. Those ruin themselves who entangle themselves in rash suretiship. Also those who are in league with abandoned women. Place no confidence in either. 17. Wealth gotten by fraud may be sweet, for the carnal mind takes pleasure in the success of wicked devices; but it will be bitter in the reflection. 18. Especially we need advice in spiritual warfare. The word and Spirit of God are the best counsellors in every point. 19. Those dearly buy their own praise, who put confidence in a man because he speaks fairly. 20. An undutiful child will become very miserable. Never let him expect any peace or comfort. 21. An estate suddenly raised, is often as suddenly ruined. 22. Wait on the Lord, attend his pleasure, and he will protect thee.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - A royal and right noble maxim. A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes. The king, sitting on the tribunal and executing his judiciary office, sees through all devices and pretences which cloak evil, and scatters them to the winds, as the chaff flies before the winnowing fan. Nothing unrighteous can abide in his presence (comp. ver. 26; Proverbs 16:10, etc.). See here an adumbration of the characteristic of the Messiah, the great King whose "eyes behold, whose eyelids try, the children of men" (Psalm 11:4): who is "of purer eyes than to behold evil" (Habakkuk 1:13); who "with righteousness shall judge the poor and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth; and with the breath of his lips shall slay the wicked" (Isaiah 11:4; comp. Matthew 3:12). Septuagint, "When the righteous king shall sit upon his throne, nothing that is evil shall offer itself before his eyes."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment,.... That executes judgment himself, as David and Solomon did; who ascends the throne, and sits personally there, and hears and tries causes himself, and not by his servants:

scattereth away all evil with his eyes; all evil men, as the Targum; everyone that is evil, as Aben Ezra: he will easily and quickly discern who is evil, or who is in a bad cause before him, and will pass sentence on him, and drive him away from him with shame and disgrace, and to receive deserved punishment; or he will terrify persons from coming before him with false witness against their neighbour, or with a wrong cause. This may be applied to Christ, the King of kings, and Judge of all; whose eyes are as a flame of fire; who will clearly see into all hearts and actions, when he shall sit on his throne of judgment; and shall pass the righteous and definitive sentence, and shall drive the wicked into hell, into everlasting punishment.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. As in Pr 14:35; 16:10, 15, this is the character of a good king, not of all kings.

Proverbs 20:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Wine is a Mocker
7A righteous man who walks in his integrity-- How blessed are his sons after him. 8A king who sits on the throne of justice Disperses all evil with his eyes. 9Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin "?…
Cross References
Matthew 12:30
"Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

1 Kings 7:7
He built the throne hall, the Hall of Justice, where he was to judge, and he covered it with cedar from floor to ceiling.

Proverbs 20:26
A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.

Proverbs 25:5
remove wicked officials from the king's presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.
Treasury of Scripture

A king that sits in the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.

Proverbs 20:26 A wise king scatters the wicked, and brings the wheel over them.

Proverbs 16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne …

Proverbs 29:14 The king that faithfully judges the poor, his throne shall be established …

1 Samuel 23:3,4 And David's men said to him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah…

2 Samuel 23:4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, …

Psalm 72:4 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children …

Psalm 92:9 For, see, your enemies, O LORD, for, see, your enemies shall perish; …

Psalm 99:4 The king's strength also loves judgment; you do establish equity, …

Psalm 101:6-8 My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell …

Isaiah 32:1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

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