The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me,
He that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
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George Leo Haydock
Strong one. This is one of the most common titles of God, 1 Kings ii. 2. Hebrew, "the rock. "
In the fear. Hebrew, "of the fear "that is, of the just, who live in the fear of God. Such abstract expressions are frequent; so "the son of the captivity, of riches", means a captive or a rich man. (Calmet)
God spoke such words to David as tended to promote solid virtue and piety. (Haydock)
We may explain the ruler, of the Messias, who shall diffuse grace and glory throughout the earth. Protestants, "He that ruleth over men, must be just, ruling in the fear of God. "An excellent lesson for all in power. (Haydock)