Judges 17:6
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6  In those days there was no king in Yisrael; every man did as he pleased.

ba-ya-MEEM ha-HAYM AYN ME-lekh b’-yis-ra-AYL EESH ha-ya-SHAR b’-ay-NAV ya-a-SEH

ו  בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם אֵין מֶלֶךְ בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל אִישׁ הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינָיו יַעֲשֶׂה׃

17:6   In those days there was no king in Yisrael; every man did as he pleased.

Sefer Shoftim repeatedly teaches that the lack of a king, enabling everyone to do whatever was right in their eyes, is the preeminent problem of this era. According to the Bible, the king should not be responsible only for the legal, military and economic affairs of the nation. He should also be responsible for ensuring that the society is moral and follows Hashem’s Torah. Having a righteous king in Yerushalayim will be part of the complete redemption.

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  • Proverbs 16:12 states, “Wicked deeds are an abomination to kings, For the throne is established by righteousness.”
    A throne may be gained by inheritance or by intrigue, but it is established by righteousness for a purpose: to demonstrate upright living to the people in their charge, to lead in the way of righteousness—to lead by example, as it were—so that HaShem’s people would not be left to their own devices, each deciding what was right in their own estimation. Even that great theologian Nebuchadnezzar (cf. Daniel 4:29) had to admit that HaShem raises up and puts down leaders according to His will. And His will? Righteous living. In His eyes, not man’s.

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