Doing wickedness 1 is an abomination to kings, because a throne 2 is established in righteousness.
Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a throne is established on righteousness.
A king despises wrongdoing, for his rule depends on his justice.
Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation.
Evil-doing is disgusting to kings: for the seat of the ruler is based on righteousness.
It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness.
It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established by righteousness.
[It is] an abomination
for the throne
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1 sn The “wickedness” mentioned here (רֶשַׁע, resha’) might better be understood as a criminal act, for the related word “wicked” can also mean the guilty criminal. If a king is trying to have a righteous administration, he will detest any criminal acts.
2 tn The “throne” represents the administration, or the decisions made from the throne by the king, and so the word is a metonymy of adjunct (cf. NLT “his rule”).