Proverbs 20:8
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New International Version
When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.

King James Bible
A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

Darby Bible Translation
A king sitting on the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

World English Bible
A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.

Young's Literal Translation
A king sitting on a throne of judgment, Is scattering with his eyes all evil,

Proverbs 20:8 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment - Kings should see to the administration of the laws, as well as of the state transactions, of their kingdom. In the British constitution there is a court for the king, called the King's Bench, where he should sit, and where he is always supposed to be sitting. The eyes - the presence, of the monarch in such a place, scatter evil - he sees into the case himself, and gives right judgment, for he can have no self-interest. Corrupt judges, and falsifying counsellors, cannot stand before him; and the villain is too deeply struck with the majesty and state of the monarch, to face out iniquity before him.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 20:26 A wise king scatters the wicked, and brings the wheel over them.

Proverbs 16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

Proverbs 29:14 The king that faithfully judges the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

1 Samuel 23:3,4 And David's men said to him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah...

2 Samuel 23:4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, even a morning without clouds...

Psalm 72:4 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

Psalm 92:9 For, see, your enemies, O LORD, for, see, your enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.

Psalm 99:4 The king's strength also loves judgment; you do establish equity, you execute judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

Psalm 101:6-8 My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walks in a perfect way, he shall serve me...

Isaiah 32:1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

Bread and Gravel
'"Bread of deceit" is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.'--PROVERBS xx. 17. 'Bread of deceit' is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, which may mean either of two things, and perhaps means both. It may either mean any good obtained by deceit, or good which deceives in its possession. In the former signification it would appear to have reference primarily to unjustly gotten gain, while in the latter it has a wider meaning and applies to all the worthless treasures and lying
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Sluggard's Reproof
A Sermon (No. 2766) intended for reading on Lord's Day, February 16, 1902 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at New Park Street Chapel, Southwark on a Thursday Evening, during the Winter of 1859. "The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing." {cold: or, winter}-- Proverbs 20:4. Laziness is the crying sin of Eastern nations. I believe that the peculiar genius of the Anglo-Saxon character prevents our being, as a nation, guilty of that sin. Perhaps
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Tears of the Penitent.
Adversity had taught David self-restraint, had braced his soul, had driven him to grasp firmly the hand of God. And prosperity had seemed for nearly twenty years but to perfect the lessons. Gratitude had followed deliverance, and the sunshine after the rain had brought out the fragrance of devotion and the blossoms of glad songs. A good man, and still more a man of David's age at the date of his great crime, seldom falls so low, unless there has been previous, perhaps unconscious, relaxation of the
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 16.) Differently to be admonished are the slothful and the hasty. For the former are to be persuaded not to lose, by putting it off, the good they have to do; but the latter are to be admonished lest, while they forestall the time of good deeds by inconsiderate haste, they change their meritorious character. To the slothful therefore it is to be intimated, that often, when we will not do at the right time what we can, before long, when we will, we cannot. For the very indolence of
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Cross References
Matthew 12:30
"Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

1 Kings 7:7
He built the throne hall, the Hall of Justice, where he was to judge, and he covered it with cedar from floor to ceiling.

Proverbs 20:26
A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.

Proverbs 25:5
remove wicked officials from the king's presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.

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