If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will always be secure.
If a king judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever.
A king who is fair to the poor will have a long reign.
Leadership gains authority and respect when the voiceless poor are treated fairly.
The king who is a true judge in the cause of the poor, will be safe for ever on the seat of his power.
If a king judges the poor with equity, his throne will be established forever.
The king who judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever.
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1 tn The king must judge “in truth” (בֶּאֱמֶת, be’emet). Some have interpreted this to mean “faithfully” (KJV, ASV) but that is somewhat unclear. The idea is that the poor must be treated fairly and justly (cf. NIV “with fairness”; NRSV “with equity”); “truth” is that which corresponds to the standard of the law revealed by God. There must be no miscarriage of justice for these people simply because they are poor.
2 sn The term “throne” is a metonymy of subject; it represents the dynasty, the reign of this particular king and his descendants. The qualification of the enduring administration is its moral character. The language of this proverb reflects the promise of the Davidic Covenant (e.g., Prov 16:12; 20:28; 25:5; 31:5).