Proverbs 20:8

8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.

Read Proverbs 20:8 Using Other Translations

A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
A king who sits on the throne of judgment winnows all evil with his eyes.
When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good.

What does Proverbs 20:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 20:8

A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment
That executes judgment himself, as David and Solomon did; who ascends the throne, and sits personally there, and hears and tries causes himself, and not by his servants: scattereth away all evil with his eyes;
all evil men, as the Targum; everyone that is evil, as Aben Ezra: he will easily and quickly discern who is evil, or who is in a bad cause before him, and will pass sentence on him, and drive him away from him with shame and disgrace, and to receive deserved punishment; or he will terrify persons from coming before him with false witness against their neighbour, or with a wrong cause. This may be applied to Christ, the King of kings, and Judge of all; whose eyes are as a flame of fire; who will clearly see into all hearts and actions, when he shall sit on his throne of judgment; and shall pass the righteous and definitive sentence, and shall drive the wicked into hell, into everlasting punishment.

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