And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?…
I. WHAT CIVIL RULERS OUGHT ALWAYS TO BE. They ought always to "know judgment," that is, always practically to know the right. What is the standard of right? Not public sentiment, not human law, but the Divine will. God's being is the foundation of right; God's will is the standard of right; God's Christ is the completest revelation of that standard.
II. WHAT CIVIL RULERS OFTEN ARE. What were these rulers?
1. Morally corrupt.
2. Socially cruel.
3. Divinely abandoned.The Monarch of the universe is no respecter of persons.
Parallel VersesKJV: And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?