Psalm 94:20
New International Version
Can a corrupt throne be allied with you-- a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?

New Living Translation
Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side— leaders whose decrees permit injustice?

English Standard Version
Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute?

Berean Study Bible
Can a corrupt throne be Your ally—one devising mischief by decree?

New American Standard Bible
Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, One which devises mischief by decree?

King James Bible
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

Christian Standard Bible
Can a corrupt throne be your ally, a throne that makes evil laws?

Contemporary English Version
But you are opposed to dishonest lawmakers

Good News Translation
You have nothing to do with corrupt judges, who make injustice legal,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can a corrupt throne-- one that creates trouble by law-- become Your ally?

International Standard Version
Will destructive national leaders, who plan wicked things through misuse of the Law, be allied with you?

NET Bible
Cruel rulers are not your allies, those who make oppressive laws.

New Heart English Bible
Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with you, which brings about mischief by statute?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The throne of the evil ones will not have fellowship with you, those who have formed evil against your law.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Are wicked rulers who use the law to do unlawful things able to be your partners?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall the seat of wickedness have fellowship with Thee, Which frameth mischief by statute?

New American Standard 1977
Can a throne of destruction be allied with Thee, One which devises mischief by decree?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, who creates toil under the guise of law?

King James 2000 Bible
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you, which frames mischief by a law?

American King James Version
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you, which frames mischief by a law?

American Standard Version
Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with thee, Which frameth mischief by statute?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frames mischief by an ordinance?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Doth the seat of iniquity stick to thee, who framest labour in commandment?

Darby Bible Translation
Shall the throne of wickedness be united to thee, which frameth mischief into a law?

English Revised Version
Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by statute?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

World English Bible
Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with you, which brings about mischief by statute?

Young's Literal Translation
Is a throne of mischief joined with Thee? A framer of perverseness by statute?
Study Bible
The LORD Will Not Forget His People
19When anxiety overwhelms me, Your consolation delights my soul. 20Can a corrupt throne be Your ally— one devising mischief by decree? 21They band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.…
Cross References
Psalm 50:16
To the wicked, however, God says, "What right have you to recite My statutes and to bear My covenant on your lips?

Psalm 58:2
No, in your hearts you devise injustice; with your hands you mete out violence on the earth.

Isaiah 10:1
Woe to those who enact unjust statutes and issue oppressive decrees,

Jeremiah 22:30
This is what the LORD says: "Enroll this man as childless, a man who will not prosper in his lifetime. None of his descendants will prosper to sit on the throne of David or to rule again in Judah."

Daniel 6:15
Then the men approached the king together and said to him, "Remember, O king, that by the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or ordinance established by the king can be changed."

Amos 6:3
You dismiss the day of calamity and bring near a reign of violence.

Treasury of Scripture

Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you, which frames mischief by a law?

throne

Psalm 52:1
To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech. Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

Psalm 82:1
A Psalm of Asaph. God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

1 Samuel 22:12
And Saul said, Hear now, thou son of Ahitub. And he answered, Here I am, my lord.

fellowship

2 Chronicles 6:14-16
And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts: …

Isaiah 1:11-20
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats…

Jeremiah 7:4-11
Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these…

frameth

Psalm 58:2
Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

1 Kings 12:32
And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.

Esther 3:6-12
And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai…







Lexicon
Can a corrupt
הַוּ֑וֹת (haw·wō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1942: Desire, chasm, destruction

throne
כִּסֵּ֣א (kis·sê)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3678: Seat of honor, throne

be Your ally—
הַֽ֭יְחָבְרְךָ (hay·ḥā·ḇə·rə·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2266: To unite, be joined, to tie a magic knot or spell, to charm

one devising
יֹצֵ֖ר (yō·ṣêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3335: To mould into a, form, as a, potter, to determine

mischief
עָמָ֣ל (‘ā·māl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5999: Toil, wearing effort, worry, wheth, of body, mind

by
עֲלֵי־ (‘ă·lê-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

decree?
חֹֽק׃ (ḥōq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2706: Something prescribed or owed, a statute
(20) Throne of iniquity.--This is an apt expression for an oppressive and unjust government. The word rendered "iniquity" might mean "calamity" or "destruction" (see Psalm 57:1, and comp. Psalm 91:3 : "noisome"), but in Proverbs 10:3 it seems to mean "lawless desire," which best suits this passage.

Have fellowship--i.e., be associated in the government. Could the theocracy admit to a share in it, not merely imperfect instruments of justice, but even those who perverted justice to evil ends?

Which frameth mischief by a law?--i.e., making legislation a means of wrong. Others, however, render, "against the law." But the former explanation best suits the next verse.

Verses 20-23. - The destruction of the evil doers. There can be no fellowship between light and darkness - between God and evildoers, especially those who carry out their wicked purposes under the forms of law (ver. 20), and go the length of condemning innocent blood (ver. 21). Such persons God, who defends the righteous (ver. 22), will assuredly bring to utter destruction (ver. 23). Verse 20. - Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee? The interrogative is here, as so often, an emphatic negative. By "the throne of iniquity" is meant iniquity in high places, wickedness enthroned upon the judgment seat, and thence delivering its unjust sentences. Oppressors in Israel made a large use of the machinery of the law to crush and ruin their victims (see Isaiah 1:23; Isaiah 10:1, 2; Amos 5:7; Amos 6:12, etc.). Which frameth mischief by a law; i.e. which effects its mischievous purposes by means of the decrees of courts (comp. 1 Kings 21:10-13). 94:12-23 That man is blessed, who, under the chastening of the Lord, is taught his will and his truths, from his holy word, and by the Holy Spirit. He should see mercy through his sufferings. There is a rest remaining for the people of God after the days of their adversity, which shall not last always. He that sends the trouble, will send the rest. The psalmist found succour and relief only in the Lord, when all earthly friends failed. We are beholden, not only to God's power, but to his pity, for spiritual supports; and if we have been kept from falling into sin, or shrinking from our duty, we should give him the glory, and encourage our brethren. The psalmist had many troubled thoughts concerning the case he was in, concerning the course he should take, and what was likely to be the end of it. The indulgence of such contrivances and fears, adds to care and distrust, and renders our views more gloomy and confused. Good men sometimes have perplexed and distressed thoughts concerning God. But let them look to the great and precious promises of the gospel. The world's comforts give little delight to the soul, when hurried with melancholy thoughts; but God's comforts bring that peace and pleasure which the smiles of the world cannot give, and which the frowns of the world cannot take away. God is his people's Refuge, to whom they may flee, in whom they are safe, and may be secure. And he will reckon with the wicked. A man cannot be more miserable than his own wickedness will make him, if the Lord visit it upon him.
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