A city is built up by the blessing of the upright,
but it is torn down by the mouth of the wicked.
Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a disgrace to any people.
Wicked behavior is detestable to kings,
since a throne is established through righteousness.
Remove the wicked from the king’s presence,
and his throne will be established in righteousness.
When a land is in rebellion, it has many rulers,
but with a discerning and knowledgeable person, it endures.
By justice a king brings stability to a land,
but a man who demands “contributions”
A king who judges the poor with fairness—
his throne will be established forever.
Then in the tent of David
a throne will be established by faithful love.
A judge who seeks what is right
and is quick to execute justice
will sit on the throne forever.
Then justice will inhabit the wilderness,
and righteousness will dwell in the orchard.
The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high;
He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
and you will be established
on a foundation of righteousness.
You will be far from oppression,
you will certainly not be afraid;
you will be far from terror,
it will certainly not come near you.
“Appoint judges and officials for your tribes in all your towns the Lord your God is giving you. They are to judge the people with righteous judgment.
When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked rule, people groan.