New American Standard Bible
"He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But with kings on the throne He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.
King James Bible
He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
Darby Bible Translation
He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous, but with kings on the throne doth he even set them for ever; and they are exalted.
World English Bible
He doesn't withdraw his eyes from the righteous, but with kings on the throne, he sets them forever, and they are exalted.
Young's Literal Translation
He withdraweth not from the righteous His eyes, And from kings on the throne, And causeth them to sit for ever, and they are high,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous - That is, he constantly observes them, whether they are in the more elevated or humble ranks of life. Even though he afflicts them, his eye is upon them, and he does not forsake them. It will be remembered that one of the difficulties to be accounted for was, that they who professed to be righteous are subjected to severe trials. The friends of Job had maintained that such a fact was in itself proof that they who professed to be pious were not so, but were hypocrites. Job had verged to the other extreme, and had said that it looked as if God had forsaken those that loved him, and that there was no advantage in being righteous; notes, Job 35:2. Elihu takes a middle ground, and says that neither was the correct opinion. It is true, he says, that the righteous are afflicted, but they are not forsaken. The eye of God is still upon them, and he watches over them, whether on the throne or in dungeons, in order "to bring good results" out of their trials.
But with kings are they on the throne - That is, if the righteous are in the state of the highest earthly honor and prosperity, God is with them, and is their protector and friend. The same thing Elihu, in the following verses, says is true respecting the righteous, when they are in the most down-trodden and depressed condition.
Yea, he doth establish them for ever - The meaning of this is, that they are regarded by God with favor. When righteous kings "are" thus prospered, and have a permanent and peaceful reign, it is God who gives this prosperity to them. They are under his watchful eye, and his protecting hand.
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Objection 1: It would seem that Christ will not judge under the form of His humanity. For judgment requires authority in the judge. Now Christ has authority over the quick and the dead as God, for thus is He the Lord and Creator of all. Therefore He will judge under the form of His Godhead. Objection 2: Further, invincible power is requisite in a judge; wherefore it is written (Eccles. 7:6): "Seek not to be made a judge, unless thou have strength enough to extirpate iniquities." Now invincible power …
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1 Samuel 2:8
"He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap To make them sit with nobles, And inherit a seat of honor; For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, And He set the world on them.
"Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed?
So that He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety.
"When you are cast down, you will speak with confidence, And the humble person He will save.
"Does He not see my ways And number all my steps?
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry.
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