Proverbs 8:15
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New International Version
By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just;

New Living Translation
Because of me, kings reign, and rulers make just decrees.

English Standard Version
By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just;

New American Standard Bible
"By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice.

King James Bible
By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is by me that kings reign and rulers enact just law;

International Standard Version
Kings reign by me, and rulers dispense justice through me.

NET Bible
Kings reign by means of me, and potentates decree righteousness;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Because of me, Kings rule, and Rulers search out righteousness.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Through me kings reign, and rulers decree fair laws.

Jubilee Bible 2000
By me the kings reign, and the princes decree justice.

King James 2000 Bible
By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

American King James Version
By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

American Standard Version
By me kings reign, And princes decree justice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
By me kings reign, and lawgivers decree just things,

Darby Bible Translation
By me kings reign, and rulers make just decrees;

English Revised Version
By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

Webster's Bible Translation
By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

World English Bible
By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

Young's Literal Translation
By me kings reign, and princes decree righteousness,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:12-21 Wisdom, here is Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; it is Christ in the word, and Christ in the heart; not only Christ revealed to us, but Christ revealed in us. All prudence and skill are from the Lord. Through the redemption of Christ's precious blood, the riches of his grace abound in all wisdom and prudence. Man found out many inventions for ruin; God found one for our recovery. He hates pride and arrogance, evil ways and froward conversation; these render men unwilling to hear his humbling, awakening, holy instructions. True religion gives men the best counsel in all difficult cases, and helps to make their way plain. His wisdom makes all truly happy who receive it in the love of Christ Jesus. Seek him early, seek him earnestly, seek him before any thing else. Christ never said, Seek in vain. Those who love Christ, are such as have seen his loveliness, and have had his love shed abroad in their hearts; therefore they are happy. They shall be happy in this world, or in that which is beyond compare better. Wealth gotten by vanity will soon be diminished, but that which is well got, will wear well; and that which is well spent upon works of piety and charity, will be lasting. If they have not riches and honour in this world, they shall have that which is infinitely better. They shall be happy in the grace of God. Christ, by his Spirit, guides believers into all truth, and so leads them in the way of righteousness; and they walk after the Spirit. Also, they shall be happy in the glory of God hereafter. In Wisdom's promises, believers have goods laid up, not for days and years, but for eternity; her fruit therefore is better than gold.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - By me kings reign. By possession of wisdom kings are enabled to discharge their functions duly and righteously. So Solomon prayed for wisdom to enable him to rule his subjects properly (1 Kings 3:9; Wisd. 9:4). Princes (rozenim, Proverbs 31:4); either those who are weighty, inflexible, or these who weigh causes; the latter explanation seems most suitable. Vulgate, legum conditores; Septuagint, οἱ δυνάσται, These are said to decree justice; literally, to engrave just decrees on tablets; γράφουσι δικαιοσύνην, Septuagint. Early expositors take these words as spoken by Christ, to whom they are very plainly applicable (comp. Isaiah 32:1).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

By me kings reign,.... Christ is the Prince of the kings of the earth, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; they are made kings by him, and are under him; he sets them up, and deposes them at pleasure; they have their kingdoms, crowns, and sceptres from him, and are accountable to him. The Syriac version renders it, "for me"; it is for the sake of Christ they reign; and they ought to seek his glory, and the good of his kingdom and interest. Moreover, as it is by him they are set up as kings and governors, and are preserved and continued in their governments by him; so it is by him that they rule well who do so, that they reign justly, wisely, happily, and successfully; all the wisdom which appears in their administrations is all from him; all those wise laws, which are enacted by them for the good of their subjects, is owing to the wisdom and prudence he gives them;

and princes decree justice; these may design such who are under kings, are assisting to them in government; who are of their privy council, and give advice in making laws, and putting them into execution. Here it particularly regards their making just and righteous laws for the good of the state, in which they are employed by kings; or their advising to them, and assisting in drawing them up: and now all the wisdom that is necessary hereunto, and which is conspicuous herein, is all from Christ; who has the spirit of princes in his hands, and orders and directs them as he pleases. The Targum is,

"I anoint princes with justice.''

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15, 16. of which a wisely conducted government is an example.

Proverbs 8:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Excellence of Wisdom
14"Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine. 15"By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice. 16"By me princes rule, and nobles, All who judge rightly.…
Cross References
Matthew 28:18
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Romans 13:1
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

2 Chronicles 1:10
Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?"

Psalm 2:10
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.

Proverbs 8:16
by me princes govern, and nobles--all who rule on earth.

Proverbs 29:4
By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.

Daniel 2:21
He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
Treasury of Scripture

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1 Samuel 9:17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said to him, Behold the man whom …

1 Samuel 16:1 And the LORD said to Samuel, How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing …

1 Chronicles 28:5 And of all my sons…

Jeremiah 27:5-7 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, …

Daniel 2:21 And he changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets …

Daniel 4:25,32 That they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with …

Daniel 5:18 O you king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom, …

Daniel 7:13,14 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man …

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me …

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power …

Revelation 19:16 And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING …

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1 Kings 3:9,28 Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your …

1 Kings 5:7 And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that …

1 Kings 10:9 Blessed be the LORD your God, which delighted in you, to set you …

Psalm 72:1-4 Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son…

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

Isaiah 1:26 And I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counsellors …

Isaiah 32:1,2 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule …

Jeremiah 33:15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness …

Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat …

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