Proverbs 21:7
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English Standard Version
The violence of the wicked will sweep them away, because they refuse to do what is just.

King James Bible
The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

American Standard Version
The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away, Because they refuse to do justice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The robberies of the wicked shall be their downfall, because they would not do judgment.

English Revised Version
The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away; because they refuse to do judgment.

Webster's Bible Translation
The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The group, like the preceding one, now closes with a proverb of the king.

A king's heart in Jahve's hand is like brooks of water;

He turneth it whithersoever He will.

Brook and canal (the Quinta: ὑδραγωγοί) are both called פּלג, or פּלג, Job 20:17, Arab. falaj (from פּלג, to divide, according to which Aquila, Symmachus, and Theodotion, διαρέσεις; Venet. διανομαί; Jerome, divisiones); Jkt has the explanation of the word: "falaj is the name given to flowing water, particularly the brook from a spring, and every canal which is led from a spring out over flat ground." Such brooks of water are the heart of a king, i.e., it is compared to such, in Jahve's hand. The second line contains the point of comparison: He inclines it, gives to it the direction (הטּה, causat. of נטה, Numbers 21:15) toward whatever He will (חפץ denotes willing, as a bending and inclining, viz., of the will; vid., at Proverbs 18:2). Rightly Hitzig finds it not accidental that just the expression "brooks of water" is chosen as the figure for tractableness and subjection to government. In Isaiah 32:2, the princes of Judah are compared to "rivers of water in a dry place" with reference to the exhaustion of the land during the oppression of the Assyrian invasion; the proverb has specially in view evidences of kindness proceeding from the heart, as at Proverbs 16:15 the favour of the king is compared to clouds of latter rain emptying themselves in beneficent showers, and at Proverbs 19:12 to the dew refreshing the plants. But the speciality of the comparison here is, that the heart of the king, however highly exalted above his subjects, and so removed from their knowledge he may be, has yet One above it by whom it is moved by hidden influences, e.g., the prayer of the oppressed; for man is indeed free, yet he acts under the influence of divinely-directed circumstances and divine operations; and though he reject the guidance of God, yet from his conduct nothing results which the Omniscient, who is surprised by nothing, does not make subservient to His will in the world-plan of redemption. Rightly the Midrash: God gives to the world good or bad kings, according as He seeks to bless it or to visit it with punishment; all decisions that go forth from the king's mouth come לכתחלה, i.e., in their first commencement and their last reason they come from the Holy One.

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Proverbs 1:18,19 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privately for their own lives...

Proverbs 10:6 Blessings are on the head of the just: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 22:22,23 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate...

Psalm 7:16 His mischief shall return on his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own pate.

Psalm 9:16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executes: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

Isaiah 1:23,24 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loves gifts, and follows after rewards: they judge not the fatherless...

Jeremiah 7:9-11,15 Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you know not...

Ezekiel 22:13,14 Behold, therefore I have smitten my hand at your dishonest gain which you have made...

Micah 3:9-12 Hear this, I pray you, you heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment...

destroy them

Zechariah 5:3,4 Then said he to me, This is the curse that goes forth over the face of the whole earth...


Proverbs 21:21 He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.

Ezekiel 18:18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, see...

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God on the children of disobedience.

Cross References
Amos 5:7
O you who turn justice to wormwood and cast down righteousness to the earth!

Micah 3:9
Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who detest justice and make crooked all that is straight,

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