New American Standard Bible
Who says to a king, 'Worthless one,' To nobles, 'Wicked ones';
King James Bible
Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?
Darby Bible Translation
Shall one say to a king, Belial? to nobles, Wicked?
World English Bible
Who says to a king, 'Vile!' or to nobles, 'Wicked!'?
Young's Literal Translation
Who hath said to a king -- 'Worthless,' Unto princes -- 'Wicked?'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? - The argument here is this: "There would be gross impropriety in arraigning the conduct of an earthly monarch, and using language severely condemning what he does. Respect is due to those of elevated rank. Their plans are often concealed. It is difficult to judge of them until they are fully developed. To condemn those plans, and to use the language of complaint, would not be tolerated, and would be grossly improper. How much more so when that language relates to the Great, the Infinite God, and to his eternal plans!" It may be added here, in accordance with the sentiment of Elihu, that people often indulge in thoughts and language about God which they would not tolerate respecting an earthly monarch.
DEAR FRIENDS, it is never wise to dispute with God. Let a man strive with his fellow, but not with his Maker. If we must discuss any point, let it be with imperfect beings like ourselves, but not with the infallible and infinitely wise God; for, in most of our discussions, these questions wilt come back to us, "Should it be according to thy mind? Art thou master? Is everyone to be subordinate to thee?" I am going to speak, this evening, to those who have a quarrel with God concerning the way of salvation. …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 46: 1900
Whether Predestination is Certain
Thoughts Upon Worldly-Riches. Sect. Ii.
Directions to Awakened Sinners.
"Shall one who hates justice rule? And will you condemn the righteous mighty One,
Who shows no partiality to princes Nor regards the rich above the poor, For they all are the work of His hands?
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