Proverbs 8:15

15 By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just;

Proverbs 8:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
ESV
15 By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just;
NLT
15 Because of me, kings reign, and rulers make just decrees.
MSG
15 With my help, leaders rule, and lawmakers legislate fairly;
CSB
15 It is by me that kings reign and rulers enact just law;

Proverbs 8:15 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 8:15

By me kings reign
Christ is the Prince of the kings of the earth, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; they are made kings by him, and are under him; he sets them up, and deposes them at pleasure; they have their kingdoms, crowns, and sceptres from him, and are accountable to him. The Syriac version renders it, "for me"; it is for the sake of Christ they reign; and they ought to seek his glory, and the good of his kingdom and interest. Moreover, as it is by him they are set up as kings and governors, and are preserved and continued in their governments by him; so it is by him that they rule well who do so, that they reign justly, wisely, happily, and successfully; all the wisdom which appears in their administrations is all from him; all those wise laws, which are enacted by them for the good of their subjects, is owing to the wisdom and prudence he gives them;

and princes decree justice;
these may design such who are under kings, are assisting to them in government; who are of their privy council, and give advice in making laws, and putting them into execution. Here it particularly regards their making just and righteous laws for the good of the state, in which they are employed by kings; or their advising to them, and assisting in drawing them up: and now all the wisdom that is necessary hereunto, and which is conspicuous herein, is all from Christ; who has the spirit of princes in his hands, and orders and directs them as he pleases. The Targum is,

``I anoint princes with justice.''

Proverbs 8:15 In-Context

13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power.
15 By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just;
16 by me princes govern, and nobles—all who rule on earth.
17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Psalms 2:10; Daniel 2:21; Romans 13:1