Psalm 94:20
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Can a corrupt throne be allied with you-- a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?

New Living Translation
Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side--leaders whose decrees permit injustice?

English Standard Version
Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute?

New American Standard Bible
Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, One which devises mischief by decree?

King James Bible
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can a corrupt throne-- one that creates trouble by law-- become Your ally?

International Standard Version
Will destructive national leaders, who plan wicked things through misuse of the Law, be allied with you?

NET Bible
Cruel rulers are not your allies, those who make oppressive laws.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The throne of the evil ones will not have fellowship with you, those who have formed evil against your law.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Are wicked rulers who use the law to do unlawful things able to be your partners?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, who creates toil under the guise of law?

King James 2000 Bible
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you, which frames mischief by a law?

American King James Version
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you, which frames mischief by a law?

American Standard Version
Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with thee, Which frameth mischief by statute?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Doth the seat of iniquity stick to thee, who framest labour in commandment?

Darby Bible Translation
Shall the throne of wickedness be united to thee, which frameth mischief into a law?

English Revised Version
Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by statute?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

World English Bible
Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with you, which brings about mischief by statute?

Young's Literal Translation
Is a throne of mischief joined with Thee? A framer of perverseness by statute?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

94:12-23 That man is blessed, who, under the chastening of the Lord, is taught his will and his truths, from his holy word, and by the Holy Spirit. He should see mercy through his sufferings. There is a rest remaining for the people of God after the days of their adversity, which shall not last always. He that sends the trouble, will send the rest. The psalmist found succour and relief only in the Lord, when all earthly friends failed. We are beholden, not only to God's power, but to his pity, for spiritual supports; and if we have been kept from falling into sin, or shrinking from our duty, we should give him the glory, and encourage our brethren. The psalmist had many troubled thoughts concerning the case he was in, concerning the course he should take, and what was likely to be the end of it. The indulgence of such contrivances and fears, adds to care and distrust, and renders our views more gloomy and confused. Good men sometimes have perplexed and distressed thoughts concerning God. But let them look to the great and precious promises of the gospel. The world's comforts give little delight to the soul, when hurried with melancholy thoughts; but God's comforts bring that peace and pleasure which the smiles of the world cannot give, and which the frowns of the world cannot take away. God is his people's Refuge, to whom they may flee, in whom they are safe, and may be secure. And he will reckon with the wicked. A man cannot be more miserable than his own wickedness will make him, if the Lord visit it upon him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 20-23. - The destruction of the evil doers. There can be no fellowship between light and darkness - between God and evildoers, especially those who carry out their wicked purposes under the forms of law (ver. 20), and go the length of condemning innocent blood (ver. 21). Such persons God, who defends the righteous (ver. 22), will assuredly bring to utter destruction (ver. 23). Verse 20. - Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee? The interrogative is here, as so often, an emphatic negative. By "the throne of iniquity" is meant iniquity in high places, wickedness enthroned upon the judgment seat, and thence delivering its unjust sentences. Oppressors in Israel made a large use of the machinery of the law to crush and ruin their victims (see Isaiah 1:23; Isaiah 10:1, 2; Amos 5:7; Amos 6:12, etc.). Which frameth mischief by a law; i.e. which effects its mischievous purposes by means of the decrees of courts (comp. 1 Kings 21:10-13).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee,.... Or "be joined with thee", be "partner with thee" (f), as antichrist affects to be; who may well be called "the throne of iniquity", since the dragon, the old serpent, and Satan, gave him his power, seat, or throne, and great authority: his coming is after the working of Satan, with all deceivableness of unrighteousness; he sits and enacts, practices and countenances, all manner of iniquity; he sits in the temple of God, showing himself as if he was God; he claims all power in heaven and in earth; takes upon him to dispense with the laws of God and men, and makes new laws, and binds the consciences of men with them; presumes to forgive sin, which none but God can do; and to open the gates of heaven to whom he pleases; see Revelation 13:2, but can these things be allowed of shall not such pride and arrogance, and horrible iniquity be punished with the utmost severity? doubtless it will:

which frameth mischief by a law? does all manner of mischief to men, without control, as if he had a law for doing it; or makes a law that all men shall worship him, or receive his mark in their right hand, or forehead; or else shall not buy or sell, yea, be killed; see Revelation 13:15, or "against law" (g); against the laws of God and man; for antichrist is , "the lawless one", spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2:8.

(f) "an sociabitur tibi?" Cocceius, Gejerus; "num consociabitur?" Michaelis. (g) "praeter statutum", Piscator, Cocceius; "contra statutum", Gejerus; "contra legem tuam", Arab.

The Treasury of David

20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

Psalm 94:20

"Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee?" Such thrones there are, and they plead a right divine, but their claim is groundless, a fraud upon mankind and a blasphemy of heaven. God enters into no alliance with unjust authority, he gives no sanction to unrighteous legislation. "Which frameth mischief by a law?" They legalise robbery and violence, and then plead that it is the law of the land; and so indeed it may be, but it is a wickedness for all that. With great care men prepare enactments intended to put down all protests, so as to render wrong-doing a permanent institution, but one element is necessary to true conservatism, viz., righteousness; and lacking that, all their arrangements of the holders of power must come to an end, and all their decrees must in process of time be wiped out of the statute-book. Nothing can last for ever but impartial right. No injustice can be permanent, for God will not set his seal upon it, nor have any fellowship with it, and therefore down it must come, and happy shall be the day which sees it fall.

Psalm 94:21

"They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous," so many are there of them that they crowd their assemblies, and carry their hard measures with enthusiasm; they are the popular party, and are eager to put down the saints. In counsel, and in action, they are unanimous; their one resolve is to hold their own tyrannical position, and put down the godly party. "And condemn the innocent blood." They are great at slander and false accusation, nor do they stick at murder; no crime is too great for them, if only they can trample on the servants of the Lord. This description is historically true in reference to persecuting times; it bas been fulfilled in England, and may be again if Popery is to advance in future time at the same rate as in the past few years. The dominant sect has the law on its side, and boasts that it is the national church; but the law which establishes and endows one religion rather than another is radically an injustice, God has no fellowship with it, and therefore the synagogue of Ritualism will yet be a stench in the nostrils of all sane men. What evil times are in store for us it is not for us to prophesy; it is ours to leave the matter in the hands of him who cannot be in fellowship with an oppressive system, and will not always endure to be insulted to his face by Popish idols, and their priests.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. throne—power, rulers.

iniquity [and] mischief—both denote evils done to others, as Ps 94:21 explains.

Psalm 94:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord will Not Forget His People
19When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul. 20Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, One which devises mischief by decree? 21They band themselves together against the life of the righteous And condemn the innocent to death.…
Cross References
Psalm 50:16
But to the wicked person, God says: "What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips?

Psalm 58:2
No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

Isaiah 10:1
Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees,

Jeremiah 22:30
This is what the LORD says: "Record this man as if childless, a man who will not prosper in his lifetime, for none of his offspring will prosper, none will sit on the throne of David or rule anymore in Judah."

Daniel 6:15
Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, "Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed."

Amos 6:3
You put off the day of disaster and bring near a reign of terror.
Treasury of Scripture

Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you, which frames mischief by a law?

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Amos 6:3 You that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;

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