Psalms 94:20

20 Can a corrupt throne be allied with you— a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?

Psalms 94:20 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?
English Standard Version (ESV)
20 Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute?
New Living Translation (NLT)
20 Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side— leaders whose decrees permit injustice?
The Message Bible (MSG)
20 Can Misrule have anything in common with you? Can Troublemaker pretend to be on your side?
American Standard Version (ASV)
20 Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with thee, Which frameth mischief by statute?
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
20 Are wicked rulers who use the law to do unlawful things able to be your partners?
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
20 Can a corrupt throne- one that creates trouble by law- become Your ally?
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
20 Can you have anything to do with rulers who aren't fair? Can those who make laws that cause suffering be friends of yours?

Psalms 94:20 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 94:20

Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee
Or "be joined with thee", be "partner with thee" F6, as antichrist affects to be; who may well be called "the throne of iniquity", since the dragon, the old serpent, and Satan, gave him his power, seat, or throne, and great authority: his coming is after the working of Satan, with all deceivableness of unrighteousness; he sits and enacts, practices and countenances, all manner of iniquity; he sits in the temple of God, showing himself as if he was God; he claims all power in heaven and in earth; takes upon him to dispense with the laws of God and men, and makes new laws, and binds the consciences of men with them; presumes to forgive sin, which none but God can do; and to open the gates of heaven to whom he pleases; see ( Revelation 13:2 ) ( 2 Thessalonians 2:4 2 Thessalonians 2:9 2 Thessalonians 2:10 ) , but can these things be allowed of shall not such pride and arrogance, and horrible iniquity be punished with the utmost severity? doubtless it will:

which frameth mischief by a law?
does all manner of mischief to men, without control, as if he had a law for doing it; or makes a law that all men shall worship him, or receive his mark in their right hand, or forehead; or else shall not buy or sell, yea, be killed; see ( Revelation 13:15-17 ) , or "against law" F7; against the laws of God and man; for antichrist is (o anomouv) , "the lawless one", spoken of in ( 2 Thessalonians 2:8 ) .


F6 (Krbxyh) "an sociabitur tibi?" Cocceius, Gejerus; "num consociabitur?" Michaelis.
F7 (qx yle) "praeter statutum", Piscator, Cocceius; "contra statutum", Gejerus; "contra legem tuam", Arab.

Psalms 94:20 In-Context

18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
20 Can a corrupt throne be allied with you— a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?
21 The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Jeremiah 22:30; Jeremiah 36:30
  • 2. S Psalms 58:2
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