May he vindicate the afflicted among the people,
help the poor,
and crush the oppressor.(A)

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12 Wicked behavior is detestable to kings,(A)
since a throne is established through righteousness.(B)

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Remove the wicked from the king’s presence,(A)
and his throne will be established in righteousness.(B)

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but he will judge the poor righteously(A)
and execute justice for the oppressed of the land.
He will strike the land
with a scepter[a] from his mouth,(B)
and he will kill the wicked(C)
with a command[b] from his lips.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. 11:4 Lit the rod
  2. 11:4 Lit with the breath

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