New International Version
by me princes govern, and nobles--all who rule on earth.
King James Bible
By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
Darby Bible Translation
by me princes rule, and nobles, all the judges of the earth.
World English Bible
By me princes rule; nobles, and all the righteous rulers of the earth.
Young's Literal Translation
By me do chiefs rule, and nobles, All judges of the earth.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
By me kings reign - Every wise and prudent king is such through the influence of Divine wisdom. And just laws and their righteous administration come from this source. In this and the following verse five degrees of civil power and authority are mentioned.
1. מלכים melachim, Kings.
2. רזנים rozenim, Consuls.
3. שרים sarim, Princes, Chiefs of the people.
4. נדיבים nedibim, Nobles. And
5. שפטים shophetim, Judges or Civil Magistrates\\\ppar All orders of government are from God. Instead of שפטי ארץ shophetey arets,"judges of the earth," שפטי צרק shophetey tsedek, "righteous judges," or "judges of righteousness," is the reading of one hundred and sixty-two of Kennicott's and De Rossi's MSS., both in the text and in the margin, and of several ancient editions. And this is the reading of the Vulgate, the Chaldee, and the Syriac, and should undoubtedly supersede the other.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance.'--PROVERBS viii. 21. The word here rendered 'substance' is peculiar. Indeed, it is used in a unique construction in this passage. It means 'being' or 'existence,' and seems to have been laid hold of by the Hebrew thinkers, from whom the books commonly called 'the Wisdom Books' come, as one of their almost technical expressions. 'Substance' may be used in our translation in its philosophical meaning as the supposed reality underlying appearances, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Fragrant Spices from the Mountains of Myrrh. "Thou Art all Fair, My Love; There is no Spot in Thee. " --Song of Solomon iv. 7.
Of the Council of Antioch and what was done There against the Holy Meletius.
A String of Pearls
By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just;
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
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