New Living Translation
He removes the royal robe of kings. They are led away with ropes around their waist.
King James Bible
He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.
Darby Bible Translation
He weakeneth the government of kings, and bindeth their loins with a fetter;
World English Bible
He loosens the bond of kings. He binds their waist with a belt.
Young's Literal Translation
The bands of kings He hath opened, And He bindeth a girdle on their loins.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
12:18 Looseth - He freeth them from that wherewith they bind their subjects to obedience, their power and authority, and that majesty which God stamps upon kings, to keep their people in awe. Girdeth - He reduces them to a mean and servile condition; which is thus expressed, because servants did use to gird up their garments (that after the manner of those parts were loose and long) that they might be fitter for attendance upon their masters: he not only deposes them from their thrones, but brings them into slavery.
LibraryWhether Craftiness is a Special Sin?
Objection 1: It would seem that craftiness is not a special sin. For the words of Holy Writ do not induce anyone to sin; and yet they induce us to be crafty, according to Prov. 1:4, "To give craftiness [Douay: 'subtlety'] to little ones." Therefore craftiness is not a sin. Objection 2: Further, it is written (Prov. 13:16): "The crafty [Douay: 'prudent'] man doth all things with counsel." Therefore, he does so either for a good or for an evil end. If for a good end, there is no sin seemingly, and …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Whether Prophecy Pertains to Knowledge?
On the Interior Man
Tit. 2:06 Thoughts for Young Men
John's clothes were woven from coarse camel hair, and he wore a leather belt around his waist. For food he ate locusts and wild honey.
I would rest with the world's kings and prime ministers, whose great buildings now lie in ruins.
He pours disgrace upon princes and disarms the strong.
O LORD, I am your servant; yes, I am your servant, born into your household; you have freed me from my chains.
They will not get tired or stumble. They will not stop for rest or sleep. Not a belt will be loose, not a sandal strap broken.
He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.
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