Deuteronomy 16:20
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New International Version
Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.

New Living Translation
Let true justice prevail, so you may live and occupy the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

English Standard Version
Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

New American Standard Bible
"Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

King James Bible
That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pursue justice and justice alone, so that you will live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you."

International Standard Version
You are to pursue justice—and only justice—so you may live and possess the land that the LORD your God is about to give you."

NET Bible
You must pursue justice alone so that you may live and inherit the land the LORD your God is giving you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Strive for nothing but justice so that you will live and take possession of the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt follow justice and righteousness, that thou may live and inherit the land which the LORD thy God gives thee.

King James 2000 Bible
That which is altogether just shall you follow, that you may live, and inherit the land which the LORD your God gives you.

American King James Version
That which is altogether just shall you follow, that you may live, and inherit the land which the LORD your God gives you.

American Standard Version
That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt follow justly after that which is just: that thou mayst live and possess the land, which the Lord thy God shall give thee.

Darby Bible Translation
Perfect justice shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and possess the land that Jehovah thy God giveth thee.

English Revised Version
That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

World English Bible
You shall follow that which is altogether just, that you may live, and inherit the land which Yahweh your God gives you.

Young's Literal Translation
Righteousness -- righteousness thou dost pursue, so that thou livest, and hast possessed the land which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:18-22 Care is taken for the due administration of justice. All personal regards must be laid aside, so that right is done to all, and wrong to none. Care is taken to prevent following the idolatrous customs of the heathen. Nothing belies God more, or tends more to corrupt the minds of men, than representing and worshipping, by an image, that God, who is an almighty and eternal Spirit, present every where. Alas! even in gospel days, and under a better dispensation, established upon better promises, there is a tendency to set up idols, under one form or another, in the human heart.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - That which is altogether just; literally, justice, justice. The repetition of the word is for the sake of emphasis, as in Genesis 14:10, "pits, pits," equal to full of pits.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That which is altogether just shalt thou follow,.... Or "justice", "justice" (a), strict justice, and nothing else:

that thou mayest live and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee; that is, continue in the possession of it.

(a)



Deuteronomy 16:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Judges and Justice
19"You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. 20"Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:1
Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.

Deuteronomy 16:21
Do not set up any wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build to the LORD your God,
Treasury of Scripture

That which is altogether just shall you follow, that you may live, and inherit the land which the LORD your God gives you.

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