Cruel rulers 1 are not your allies, those who make oppressive laws. 2
Can a corrupt throne be allied with you—one that brings on misery by its decrees?
Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, One which devises mischief by decree?
Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side––leaders who permit injustice by their laws?
Can Misrule have anything in common with you? Can Troublemaker pretend to be on your side?
What part with you has the seat of sin, which makes evil into a law?
Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who contrive mischief by statute?
Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, Have fellowship with You?
Shall the throne
with thee, which frameth
by a law
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rulers are not your allies, those who make
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1 tn Heb “a throne of destruction.” “Throne” stands here by metonymy for rulers who occupy thrones.
2 tn Heb “Is a throne of destruction united to you, one that forms trouble upon a statute?” The rhetorical question anticipates the answer, “Of course not!” The translation, while not preserving the interrogative form of the statement, reflects its rhetorical force.