New International Version
When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
King James Bible
A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
Darby Bible Translation
A king sitting on the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
World English Bible
A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.
Young's Literal Translation
A king sitting on a throne of judgment, Is scattering with his eyes all evil,
Proverbs 20:8 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment - Kings should see to the administration of the laws, as well as of the state transactions, of their kingdom. In the British constitution there is a court for the king, called the King's Bench, where he should sit, and where he is always supposed to be sitting. The eyes - the presence, of the monarch in such a place, scatter evil - he sees into the case himself, and gives right judgment, for he can have no self-interest. Corrupt judges, and falsifying counsellors, cannot stand before him; and the villain is too deeply struck with the majesty and state of the monarch, to face out iniquity before him.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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'"Bread of deceit" is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.'--PROVERBS xx. 17. 'Bread of deceit' is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, which may mean either of two things, and perhaps means both. It may either mean any good obtained by deceit, or good which deceives in its possession. In the former signification it would appear to have reference primarily to unjustly gotten gain, while in the latter it has a wider meaning and applies to all the worthless treasures and lying …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Sluggard's Reproof
The Tears of the Penitent.
How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
"Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
1 Kings 7:7
He built the throne hall, the Hall of Justice, where he was to judge, and he covered it with cedar from floor to ceiling.
A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
remove wicked officials from the king's presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.
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