New International Version
The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth does not betray justice.
King James Bible
A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
Darby Bible Translation
An oracle is on the lips of the king: his mouth will not err in judgment.
World English Bible
Inspired judgments are on the lips of the king. He shall not betray his mouth.
Young's Literal Translation
An oath is on the lips of a king, In judgment his mouth trespasseth not.
Proverbs 16:10 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A divine sentence - קסם kesem, "divination," as the margin has it. Is the meaning as follows? Though divination were applied to a righteous king's lips, to induce him to punish the innocent and spare the guilty, yet would not his lips transgress in judgment; so firmly attached is he to God, and so much is he under the Divine care and influence. Whatever judgment such a one pronounces, it may be considered as a decision from God.
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LibraryApril 27. "The Sweetness of the Lips" (Prov. xvi. 21).
"The sweetness of the lips" (Prov. xvi. 21). Spiritual conditions are inseparably connected with our physical life. The flow of the divine life-currents may be interrupted by a little clot of blood; the vital current may leak out through a very trifling wound. If you want to keep the health of Christ, keep from all spiritual sores, from all heart wounds and irritations. One hour of fretting will wear out more vitality than a week of work; and one minute of malignity, or rankling jealousy or envy …
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1 Kings 3:28
When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.
2 Chronicles 26:16
But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.
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