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Proverbs 16:10

    Proverbs 16:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresses not in judgment.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    A divine sentence is in the lips of the king; His mouth shall not transgress in judgment.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Decision is in the lips of the king: his mouth will not go wrong in judging.

    Webster's Revision

    A divine sentence is in the lips of the king; His mouth shall not transgress in judgment.

    World English Bible

    Inspired judgments are on the lips of the king. He shall not betray his mouth.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth shall not transgress in judgment.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 16:10

    A divine sentence - קסם kesem, "divination," as the margin has it. Is the meaning as follows? Though divination were applied to a righteous king's lips, to induce him to punish the innocent and spare the guilty, yet would not his lips transgress in judgment; so firmly attached is he to God, and so much is he under the Divine care and influence. Whatever judgment such a one pronounces, it may be considered as a decision from God.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 16:10

    A divine sentence - See the margin, i. e., "soothsaying" in its darker aspect as contrasted with prophecy. The true oracle is to be sought, not from soothsayers and diviners, but "at the lips of the king," who is ideally the representative, the προφήτης prophētēs of Yahweh, in His government of mankind.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 16:10

    16:10 A divine sentence - Great sagacity and piercing judgment. Of the king - Of wise kings; who only are worthy of that name and office.