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The Lord has broken the club of the wicked, the scepter of rulers.
Now his father and mother did not realize this was the Lord’s doing, 1 because he was looking for an opportunity to stir up trouble with the Philistines 2 (for at that time the Philistines were ruling Israel).
Its abundant produce goes to the kings you have placed over us due to our sins. They rule over our bodies and our livestock as they see fit, 1 and we are in great distress!
Not only was the Teacher wise, 1 but he also taught knowledge to the people; he carefully evaluated 2 and arranged 3 many proverbs.
“What do you mean by quoting this proverb concerning the land of Israel, “‘The fathers eat sour grapes And the children’s teeth become numb?’ 1
Its boughs were strong, fit 1 for rulers’ scepters; it reached up into the clouds. It stood out because of its height and its many branches. 2
Then I said, “O sovereign Lord! They are saying of me, ‘Does he not simply speak in eloquent figures of speech?’”
Three thousand men of Judah went down to the cave in the cliff of Etam and said to Samson, “Do you not know that the Philistines rule over us? Why have you done this to us?” He said to them, “I have only done to them what they have done to me.”
This is what the Lord, the protector 1 of Israel, their Holy One, 2 says to the one who is despised 3 and rejected 4 by nations, 5 a servant of rulers: “Kings will see and rise in respect, 6 princes will bow down, because of the faithful Lord, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen you.”
Just as surely as I have done this, so surely will I never reject the descendants of Jacob. Nor will I ever refuse to choose one of my servant David’s descendants to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Indeed, 1 I will restore them 2 and show mercy to them.”