'Princes' in the Bible
As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will indeed bless him, make him fruitful, and give him a multitude of descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes; I will make him into a great nation.
These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names by their settlements and their camps -- twelve princes according to their clans.
The well which the princes dug, which the leaders of the people opened with their scepters and their staffs." And from the wilderness they traveled to Mattanah;
He replied to them, "Stay here tonight, and I will bring back to you whatever word the Lord may speak to me." So the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam.
So Balaam got up in the morning, and said to the princes of Balak, "Go to your land, for the Lord has refused to permit me to go with you."
So the princes of Moab departed and went back to Balak and said, "Balaam refused to come with us."
Balak again sent princes, more numerous and more distinguished than the first.
So Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the princes of Moab.
But the angel of the Lord said to Balaam, "Go with the men, but you may only speak the word that I will speak to you." So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.
And Balak sacrificed bulls and sheep, and sent some to Balaam, and to the princes who were with him.
So he returned to him, and he was still standing by his burnt offering, he and all the princes of Moab.
When Balaam came to him, he was still standing by his burnt offering, along with the princes of Moab. And Balak said to him, "What has the Lord spoken?"
He lifts the weak from the dust; he raises the poor from the ash heap to seat them with princes and to bestow on them an honored position. The foundations of the earth belong to the Lord, and he has placed the world on them.
The Lord sent a messenger and he wiped out all the soldiers, princes, and officers in the army of the king of Assyria. So Sennacherib returned home humiliated. When he entered the temple of his god, some of his own sons struck him down with the sword.
or with princes who possessed gold, who filled their palaces with silver.
who shows no partiality to princes, and does not take note of the rich more than the poor, because all of them are the work of his hands?
Your sons will carry on the dynasty of your ancestors; you will make them princes throughout the land.
There is little Benjamin, their ruler, and the princes of Judah in their robes, along with the princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali.
He humbles princes; the kings of the earth regard him as awesome.
He would pour contempt upon princes, and he made them wander in a wasteland with no road.
that he might seat him with princes, with the princes of his people.
It is better to take shelter in the Lord than to trust in princes.
Do not trust in princes, or in human beings, who cannot deliver!
you kings of the earth and all you nations, you princes and all you leaders on the earth,
by me princes rule, as well as nobles and all righteous judges.
Luxury is not appropriate for a fool; how much less for a servant to rule over princes!
When a country is rebellious it has many princes, but by someone who is discerning and knowledgeable order is maintained.
I have seen slaves on horseback and princes walking on foot like slaves.
Woe to you, O land, when your king is childish, and your princes feast in the morning!
Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobility, and your princes feast at the proper time -- with self-control and not in drunkenness.
On a bare hill raise a signal flag, shout to them, wave your hand, so they might enter the gates of the princes!
Who planned this for royal Tyre, whose merchants are princes, whose traders are the dignitaries of the earth?
So I defiled your holy princes, and handed Jacob over to destruction, and subjected Israel to humiliating abuse."
This is what the Lord, the protector of Israel, their Holy One, says to the one who is despised and rejected by nations, a servant of rulers: "Kings will see and rise in respect, princes will bow down, because of the faithful Lord, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen you."
If you do this, then the kings and princes who follow in David's succession and ride in chariots or on horses will continue to enter through these gates, as well as their officials and the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. This city will always be filled with people.
He also ordered Jerahmeel, who was one of the royal princes, Seraiah son of Azriel, and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest the scribe Baruch and the prophet Jeremiah. However, the Lord hid them.
So the officials took Jeremiah and put him in the cistern of Malkijah, one of the royal princes, that was in the courtyard of the guardhouse. There was no water in the cistern, only mud. So when they lowered Jeremiah into the cistern with ropes he sank in the mud.
(Tet) Her city gates have fallen to the ground; he smashed to bits the bars that lock her gates. Her king and princes were taken into exile; there is no more guidance available. As for her prophets, they no longer receive a vision from the Lord.
Princes were hung by their hands; elders were mistreated.
"And you, sing a lament for the princes of Israel,
Cry out and moan, son of man, for it is wielded against my people; against all the princes of Israel. They are delivered up to the sword, along with my people. Therefore, strike your thigh.
"'See how each of the princes of Israel living within you has used his authority to shed blood.
Her princes within her are like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they have devoured lives. They take away riches and valuable things; they have made many women widows within it.
All the princes of the sea will vacate their thrones. They will remove their robes and strip off their embroidered clothes; they will clothe themselves with trembling. They will sit on the ground; they will tremble continually and be shocked at what has happened to you.
Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your trade partners; for lambs, rams, and goats they traded with you.
"Edom is there with her kings and all her princes. Despite their might they are laid with those killed by the sword; they lie with the uncircumcised and those who descend to the pit.
You will eat the flesh of warriors and drink the blood of the princes of the earth -- the rams, lambs, goats, and bulls, all of them fattened animals of Bashan.
of the land. This will be his property in Israel. My princes will no longer oppress my people, but the land will be allotted to the house of Israel according to their tribes.
"'This is what the sovereign Lord says: Enough, you princes of Israel! Put away violence and destruction, and do what is just and right. Put an end to your evictions of my people, declares the sovereign Lord.
By his treachery he will succeed through deceit. He will have an arrogant attitude, and he will destroy many who are unaware of his schemes. He will rise up against the Prince of princes, yet he will be broken apart -- but not by human agency.
However, the prince of the kingdom of Persia was opposing me for twenty-one days. But Michael, one of the leading princes, came to help me, because I was left there with the kings of Persia.
However, I will first tell you what is written in a dependable book. (There is no one who strengthens me against these princes, except Michael your prince.
The princes of Judah are like those who move boundary markers. I will pour out my rage on them like a torrential flood!
The royal advisers delight the king with their evil schemes, the princes make him glad with their lies.
At the celebration of their king, his princes become inflamed with wine; they conspire with evildoers.
They enthroned kings without my consent! They appointed princes without my approval! They made idols out of their silver and gold, but they will be destroyed!
Where then is your king, that he may save you in all your cities? Where are your rulers for whom you asked, saying, "Give me a king and princes"?
"On the day of the Lord's sacrificial meal, I will punish the princes and the king's sons, and all who wear foreign styles of clothing.