New American Standard Bible
"I will also cut off the judge from her midst And slay all her princes with him," says the LORD.
King James Bible
And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith the LORD.
Darby Bible Translation
And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith Jehovah.
World English Bible
and I will cut off the judge from their midst, and will kill all its princes with him," says Yahweh.
Young's Literal Translation
And I have cut off a judge from her midst, And all its heads I slay with him, said Jehovah.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And I will cut off the judge - The title "judge" (shophet) is nowhere used absolutely of a king. Holy Scripture speaks in several places of "all the judges of the earth" Job 9:24; Psalm 2:10; Psalm 148:11; Proverbs 8:16; Isaiah 40:23. Hosea Hos 13:10, under "judges," includes "kings and princes," as judging the people. The word "judge" is always used as one invested with the highest, but not regal authority, as of all the judges from the death of Joshua to Samuel. In like way it (Sufetes) was the title of the chief magistrates of Carthage , with much the same authority as the Roman Consuls . The Phoenician histories, although they would not own that Nebuchadnezzar conquered Tyre, still own that, after his 13 years' siege , Baal reigned 10 years, and after him judges were set up, one for two months, a second for ten, a third, a high priest, for three, two more for six, and between these one reigned for a year. After his death, they sent for Merbaal from Babylon, who reigned for four years, and on his death, they sent for Hiram his brother who reigned for twenty. The judges then exercised the supreme authority, the king's sons having been carried away captive. Probably, then, when Jeroboam II recovered the old territory of Israel, Moab lost its kings. It agrees with this, that Amos says, "the princes thereof," literally, "her princes," the princes of Moab, not as of Ammon, "his princes," that is, the princes of the king.
LibraryThe Kingdom of God Conceived as the Inheritance of the Poor.
These maxims, good for a country where life is nourished by the air and the light, and this delicate communism of a band of children of God reposing in confidence on the bosom of their Father, might suit a simple sect constantly persuaded that its Utopia was about to be realized. But it is clear that they could not satisfy the whole of society. Jesus understood very soon, in fact, that the official world of his time would by no means adopt his kingdom. He took his resolution with extreme boldness. …
Ernest Renan—The Life of Jesus
"He pours contempt on nobles And loosens the belt of the strong.
Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth.
Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock, And they hear my words, for they are pleasant.
He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.
For those who turn justice into wormwood And cast righteousness down to the earth."
For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great, You who distress the righteous and accept bribes And turn aside the poor in the gate.
Do horses run on rocks? Or does one plow them with oxen? Yet you have turned justice into poison And the fruit of righteousness into wormwood,
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