Job 34:18

Is it fit to say to a king, You are wicked? and to princes, You are ungodly?
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Who. Theod. in Septuagint, "wicked is he who says to the king, thou actest contrary to the law; and to the rulers, thou most impious. "(Haydock) Apostate. Hebrew, "Belial."

Gregory The Dialogist

AD 604
52. We know often that most of those who rule exact an inordinate degree of dread from their subjects, and that they wish them to venerate them not so much for the Lord’s sake, as in the Lord’s place. For they exalt themselves with pride of heart within, and despise all under them in comparison with themselves, nor do they advise them with condescension, but oppress them with authority: because, in truth, they set themselves up with lofty thoughts, and do not acknowledge themselves to be equal with those over whom they happen to rule. Against this pride it is said in the Book Ecclesiasticus, Have they appointed thee a ruler? Be not lifted up, but be among them as one of them. [Ecclus. 32, 1] This pride the Lord also reproving by the Prophet in shepherds, saith, But ye ruled over them with austerity and with power. [Ez. 34, 4] For the good advice which they offer to their subjects, they bring out as ordering, rather than as advising with them: for the very reason, that to say any thing ...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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