Exodus 23:6
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New International Version
"Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.

New Living Translation
"In a lawsuit, you must not deny justice to the poor.

English Standard Version
“You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his lawsuit.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall not pervert the justice due to your needy brother in his dispute.

King James Bible
Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You must not deny justice to a poor person among you in his lawsuit.

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

NET Bible
"You must not turn away justice for your poor people in their lawsuits.

New Heart English Bible
"You shall not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Never deny justice to poor people in court.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

New American Standard 1977
“You shall not pervert the justice due to your needy brother in his dispute.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt not pervert the rights of thy poor in his cause.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall not pervert the justice of your poor in his dispute.

American King James Version
You shall not wrest the judgment of your poor in his cause.

American Standard Version
Thou shalt not wrest the justice due to thy poor in his cause.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt not go aside in the poor man's judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

English Revised Version
Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

World English Bible
"You shall not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.

Young's Literal Translation
'Thou dost not turn aside the judgment of thy needy one in his strife;
Study Bible
Justice and Mercy
5"If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying helpless under its load, you shall refrain from leaving it to him, you shall surely release it with him. 6"You shall not pervert the justice due to your needy brother in his dispute. 7"Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:2
"You shall not follow the masses in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice;

Exodus 23:3
nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his dispute.

Leviticus 19:15
'You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly.

1 Samuel 8:3
His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice.

Proverbs 18:5
To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.

Proverbs 22:22
Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;

Proverbs 31:5
For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Treasury of Scripture

You shall not wrest the judgment of your poor in his cause.

Exodus 23:2,3 You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak …

Deuteronomy 16:19 You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither …

Deuteronomy 27:19 Cursed be he that perverts the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, …

2 Chronicles 19:7 Why now let the fear of the LORD be on you; take heed and do it: …

Job 31:13,21,22 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, …

Psalm 82:3,4 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy…

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of …

Isaiah 10:1,2 Woe to them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness …

Jeremiah 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yes, they overpass the deeds of the …

Jeremiah 6:28 They are all grievous rebels, walking with slanders: they are brass …

Jeremiah 7:6 If you oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and …

Amos 5:11,12 For as much therefore as your treading is on the poor, and you take …

Micah 3:1-4 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of …

Zephaniah 3:1-4 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!…

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness …

James 2:5,6 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

(6) Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor.--If we are not to favour the poor man in a court of justice on account of his poverty (Exodus 23:3), much less are we to treat him with disfavour. (Comp. Deuteronomy 24:17; Deuteronomy 27:19; Jeremiah 5:28, &c.)

Verse 6. - As in verse 3 men were warned not to favour the poor unduly in courts of justice out of compassion for them, so here there is a warning against the opposite, and far more usual error, of leaning against the poor man in our evidence or in our decisions The scales of justice are to be held even; strict right is to be done; our feelings are not be allowed to influence us, much less our class prejudices. Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause. As the poor man was not to be favoured when his cause was bad through an affected pity for him as a poor man, so his judgment was not to be wrested or perverted, when his cause was good, because of his poverty; which is too often the case, through the power of rich men, and the prevalence of their gifts and bribes, and to curry favour with them: the phrase, "thy poor", is very emphatic, and intended to engage judges to regard them, as being of the same flesh and blood with them, of the same nation and religion; and who were particularly committed to their care and protection under God, who is the Judge and protector of the poor, of the widow and the fatherless. 23:1-9 In the law of Moses are very plain marks of sound moral feeling, and of true political wisdom. Every thing in it is suited to the desired and avowed object, the worship of one only God, and the separation of Israel from the pagan world. Neither parties, friends, witnesses, nor common opinions, must move us to lessen great faults, to aggravate small ones, excuse offenders, accuse the innocent, or misrepresent any thing.
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