The divine right of kings was a belief that the king received his power and right to rule from God.

The proponents of this doctrine claimed that it was scripturally supported, and pointed to two key texts.[1] The first of these was Proverbs 8:15-16:

By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

The second of these key texts was Romans 13:1-2:

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.


  1. History of the divine right of kings
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