New American Standard Bible
"He breaks in pieces mighty men without inquiry, And sets others in their place.
King James Bible
He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead.
Darby Bible Translation
He breaketh in pieces mighty men without inquiry, and setteth others in their stead;
World English Bible
He breaks in pieces mighty men in ways past finding out, and sets others in their place.
Young's Literal Translation
He breaketh the mighty -- no searching! And He appointeth others in their stead.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He shall break in pieces - He crushes or destroys the great. He is not intimidated by their wealth, their rank, or their number.
Without number - Margin, more correctly, "searching out." That is, he does it without the protracted process of a judicial investigation. The Hebrew word used here (חקר chêqer) means properly "a searching out," "an examination"; and the meaning here is, that there is no need of his going into a protracted investigation into the lives of wicked people before he brings them to punishment. He sees them at once; knows all their conduct, and may proceed against them without delay. Hence, it is that he comes often in such a sudden manner, and cuts them off. A human tribunal is under a necessity of examining witnesses and of attending to all the palliating circumstances, before it can pronounce a sentence on an offender. But it is not so with God. He judges at once and directly, and comes forth therefore in a sudden manner to cut down the guilty.
And set others in their stead - Place others in the situation which they now occupy. That is, he can with the utmost case make entire revolutions among people.
DEAR FRIENDS, it is never wise to dispute with God. Let a man strive with his fellow, but not with his Maker. If we must discuss any point, let it be with imperfect beings like ourselves, but not with the infallible and infinitely wise God; for, in most of our discussions, these questions wilt come back to us, "Should it be according to thy mind? Art thou master? Is everyone to be subordinate to thee?" I am going to speak, this evening, to those who have a quarrel with God concerning the way of salvation. …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 46: 1900
Whether Predestination is Certain
Thoughts Upon Worldly-Riches. Sect. Ii.
Directions to Awakened Sinners.
Now if a man lies carnally with a woman who is a slave acquired for another man, but who has in no way been redeemed nor given her freedom, there shall be punishment; they shall not, however, be put to death, because she was not free.
"He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones.
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