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27 Bible Verses about Magistrates

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Romans 13:3

For the authorities are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you like to live without being afraid of the authorities? Then do what is right, and you will receive their approval.

Ezra 7:25

And you, Ezra, in accordance with the wisdom given to you by your God, are to appoint magistrates and judges to administer justice to all the people beyond the Euphrates River. All of them are to know the laws of your God, and you are to instruct those who do not know them.

1 Timothy 2:1-2

First of all, then, I urge you to offer to God petitions, prayers, intercessions, and expressions of thanks for all people, for kings, and for everyone who has authority, so that we might lead a quiet and peaceful life with all godliness and dignity.

2 Samuel 23:3

The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has talked to me. "When one is governing men justly, he fears God while governing.

2 Chronicles 19:7

So let the fear of the LORD rest upon you, be on your guard, and act carefully, because with the LORD our God there is neither injustice, nor partiality, nor bribery."

Daniel 6:4

Because of this, the administrators and regional authorities tried to bring allegations of dereliction of duty in government affairs against Daniel, but they were unable to find any charges of corruption. Daniel was trustworthy, and no evidence of negligence or corruption could be found against him.

Ezra 7:26

Whoever refuses to practice the law of your God and the law of the king is to see judgment executed quickly, whether to death, banishment, confiscation of goods, or imprisonment.

Deuteronomy 16:19

You must not twist justice, show favoritism, or take bribes, because a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the speech of the righteous.

Job 29:12

because I delivered the poor who were crying for help, along with orphans who had no one to help them.

2 Chronicles 19:6

"Pay careful attention to your duties, because you are judging not only for the sake of human beings but also for the LORD and he is present with you as you make your rulings.

Deuteronomy 1:16

I charged your judges at that time, "When you hold a hearing between brothers, judge fairly between a man and his brother or between foreigners.

Deuteronomy 16:18

"Appoint judges and civil servants according to your tribes in all your cities that the LORD your God is about to give you, so they may judge the people impartially.

Deuteronomy 25:1

"When there is a conflict between individuals, let them come to court to judge the case, decide who is innocent, and condemn the guilty person.

Exodus 23:6

"You are not to pervert justice for the poor among you in their lawsuits.

Deuteronomy 1:17

When you hold a hearing, don't be partial in judgment toward the least important or toward the great. Never fear men, because judgment belongs to God. If the matter is difficult for you, bring it to me for a hearing.'

Judges 18:7

So the five men left and went to Laish, and observed the people who were living there carefree, as Sidonians tend to do, in peace and quiet. There was no ruler in the land oppressing them for any reason. They were living far away from the Sidonians, and had no dealings with anyone.

Romans 13:1-2

Every person must be subject to the governing authorities, for no authority exists except by God's permission. The existing authorities have been established by God, so that whoever resists the authorities opposes what God has established, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

Acts 23:5

Paul answered, "I didn't realize, brothers, that he is the high priest. After all, it is written, "You must not speak evil about a ruler of your people.'"

1 Peter 2:13-14

For the Lord's sake submit yourselves to every human authority: whether to the king as supreme, or to governors who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right.

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Proverbs 31:4

It is not for kings, Lemuel Not for kings to drink wine or for rulers to desire liquor.

Deuteronomy 16:18

"Appoint judges and civil servants according to your tribes in all your cities that the LORD your God is about to give you, so they may judge the people impartially.

Deuteronomy 1:13

Choose for yourselves wise and discerning men, known to your tribes, and appoint them as your leaders.

Proverbs 24:23

Here are some more proverbs from wise people: It isn't good to show partiality in judgment.

Magistrates » Examples of honour rendered to

Genesis 41:43

Then he provided him with a chariot as his second-in-command, outfitted with a group of people who shouted out in front of him, "Bow your knees!" And that's how Pharaoh set Joseph over the entire land of Egypt.

1 Samuel 10:24

Then Samuel told all the people, "Do you see the man whom the LORD has chosen? For there is no one like him among all the people." Then all the people shouted, "Long live the king!"

2 Samuel 19:15

So the king returned to Israel as far as the Jordan River.

1 Kings 8:66

The following day, Solomon sent the people away as they blessed the king. Then they went back to their tents, rejoicing and glad for all the good things that the LORD had done for his servant David and to his people Israel.

Daniel 3:9

They told King Nebuchadnezzar, "Your majesty, live forever.

More verses: Acts 26:2

Magistrates » Should » Judge righteously

Deuteronomy 1:16

I charged your judges at that time, "When you hold a hearing between brothers, judge fairly between a man and his brother or between foreigners.

Deuteronomy 16:18

"Appoint judges and civil servants according to your tribes in all your cities that the LORD your God is about to give you, so they may judge the people impartially.

Deuteronomy 25:1

"When there is a conflict between individuals, let them come to court to judge the case, decide who is innocent, and condemn the guilty person.

Magistrates » Should » Rule in the fear of God

2 Chronicles 19:7

So let the fear of the LORD rest upon you, be on your guard, and act carefully, because with the LORD our God there is neither injustice, nor partiality, nor bribery."

2 Samuel 23:3

The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has talked to me. "When one is governing men justly, he fears God while governing.

Magistrates » Should » Not take bribes

Deuteronomy 16:19

You must not twist justice, show favoritism, or take bribes, because a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the speech of the righteous.

Magistrates » Should » Be impartial

Deuteronomy 1:17

When you hold a hearing, don't be partial in judgment toward the least important or toward the great. Never fear men, because judgment belongs to God. If the matter is difficult for you, bring it to me for a hearing.'

Exodus 23:6

"You are not to pervert justice for the poor among you in their lawsuits.

Magistrates » Wicked--exemplified » Pilate

Matthew 27:24

Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that a riot was about to break out instead. So he took some water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood. Attend to that yourselves."

Magistrates » Purpose of their appointment

Magistrates » Are ministers of God

Magistrates » To be wisely selected and appointed

Ezra 7:25

And you, Ezra, in accordance with the wisdom given to you by your God, are to appoint magistrates and judges to administer justice to all the people beyond the Euphrates River. All of them are to know the laws of your God, and you are to instruct those who do not know them.

Magistrates » Should » Defend the poor, &c

Job 29:12

because I delivered the poor who were crying for help, along with orphans who had no one to help them.

Job 29:16

I was a father to the needy; I diligently inquired into the case of those I didn't know.

Magistrates » Should » Judge for God, not for man

2 Chronicles 19:6

"Pay careful attention to your duties, because you are judging not only for the sake of human beings but also for the LORD and he is present with you as you make your rulings.

Magistrates » Good--exemplified » samuel

1 Samuel 12:3-4

Here I am. Testify against me in the LORD's presence and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken, or whose donkey have I taken? Who have I cheated? Who have I oppressed? Who bribed me to look the other way? I'll restore it to you." They said, "You haven't cheated us or oppressed us, and you haven't taken anything from anyone's hand."

Magistrates » Should » Judge wisely

1 Kings 3:16-28

Right about then, two prostitutes approached the king and requested an audience with him. One woman said, "Your majesty, this woman and I live in the same house. I gave birth to a child while she was in the house. Three days later, this woman also gave birth. We lived alone there. There was nobody else with us in the house. It was just the two of us. read more.
This woman's son died overnight because she laid on top of him. She got up in the middle of the night, took my son from me while your servant was asleep, and laid him to her breast after laying her dead son next to me. The next morning, I got up to nurse my son, and he was dead. But when I examined him carefully in the light of day, he turned out not to be my son whom I had borne!" "Not so," claimed the other woman. "The living child is my son, and the dead one is yours." But the first woman said, "Not so! The dead child is your son and the living one is my son." This is what they testified before the king. The king said, "One of them claims, "This living son is mine, and your son is the dead one' and the other claims "No. Your son is the dead one and my son is the living one.' "Somebody get me a sword." So they brought a sword to the king. "Divide the living child in two!" he ordered. "Give half to the one and half to the other." The woman whose child was still alive cried out to the king, because her heart yearned for her son. "Oh no, your majesty!" she said. "Give her the living child. Please don't kill him." But the other woman said, "Cut him in half! That way, he'll belong to neither one of us." The king announced his decision: "Give the living child to the first woman. Don't kill him. She is his mother." When this decision that the king had handed down was announced, everybody in Israel was amazed at the king, because they all saw that God's wisdom was in him, enabling him to administer justice.

Magistrates » To be prayed for

1 Timothy 2:1-2

First of all, then, I urge you to offer to God petitions, prayers, intercessions, and expressions of thanks for all people, for kings, and for everyone who has authority, so that we might lead a quiet and peaceful life with all godliness and dignity.

Magistrates » Should » Subjection to their authority encouraged

Matthew 23:2-3

"The scribes and the Pharisees administer the authority of Moses, so do whatever they tell you and follow it, but stop doing what they do, because they don't do what they say.

Magistrates » Wicked--illustrated

Proverbs 28:15

A roaring lion and a charging bear that's what a wicked tyrant is over poor people.

Magistrates » Wicked--exemplified » Magistrates in philippi

Acts 16:22-23

The crowd joined in the attack against them. Then the magistrates had Paul and Silas stripped of their clothes and ordered them beaten with rods. After giving them a severe beating, they threw them in jail and ordered the jailer to keep them under tight security.

Magistrates » Wicked--exemplified » Gallio

Acts 18:16-17

So he drove them away from the judge's seat. Then all of them took Sosthenes, the synagogue leader, and began beating him in front of the judge's seat. But Gallio paid no attention to any of this.

Magistrates » Good--exemplified » Nehemiah

Nehemiah 3:15

Colhozeh's son Shallum, ruling official of the Mizpah district, repaired the Fountain Gate, reconstructing it, installing its doors, its locks, and its security bars, as well as the Pool of Shelach near the royal garden as far as the stairway that descends from the City of David.

Magistrates » Good--exemplified » Joseph

Genesis 41:46

Joseph was 30 years old when he began to serve Pharaoh, king of Egypt, by traveling throughout the land of Egypt, independent from Pharaoh's oversight.

Magistrates » Wicked--exemplified » Sons of samuel

Magistrates » Should » Hate covetousness

Magistrates » Good--exemplified » gideon

Judges 8:35

And they showed no gracious love to the household of Jerubbaal also known as Gideon despite all the good that he had done for Israel.

Magistrates » Should » Be diligent in ruling

Magistrates » Should » Seek wisdom from God

1 Kings 3:9

So give your servant an understanding mind to govern your people, so I can discern between good and evil. Otherwise, how will I be able to govern this great people of yours?"

Magistrates » Are not a terror to the good, but to the evil

Romans 13:3

For the authorities are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you like to live without being afraid of the authorities? Then do what is right, and you will receive their approval.

Magistrates » Are appointed by God

Magistrates » Wicked--exemplified » Felix

Acts 24:26

At the same time he was hoping to receive a bribe from Paul, and so he would send for him frequently to talk with him.

Magistrates » Good--exemplified » Daniel

Daniel 6:3

Daniel distinguished himself among all the administrators and regional authorities, because he was of an extraordinary spirit. Therefore the king planned to appoint him over the whole kingdom.

Magistrates » Should » Be faithful to the sovereign

Daniel 6:4

Because of this, the administrators and regional authorities tried to bring allegations of dereliction of duty in government affairs against Daniel, but they were unable to find any charges of corruption. Daniel was trustworthy, and no evidence of negligence or corruption could be found against him.

Magistrates » Good--exemplified » Job

Job 29:16

I was a father to the needy; I diligently inquired into the case of those I didn't know.

Magistrates » Should » Know the law of God

Ezra 7:25

And you, Ezra, in accordance with the wisdom given to you by your God, are to appoint magistrates and judges to administer justice to all the people beyond the Euphrates River. All of them are to know the laws of your God, and you are to instruct those who do not know them.

Magistrates » Should » Enforce the laws

Ezra 7:26

Whoever refuses to practice the law of your God and the law of the king is to see judgment executed quickly, whether to death, banishment, confiscation of goods, or imprisonment.

Magistrates » Their office to be respected

Acts 23:5

Paul answered, "I didn't realize, brothers, that he is the high priest. After all, it is written, "You must not speak evil about a ruler of your people.'"

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