Isaiah 5:23
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New International Version
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.

New Living Translation
They take bribes to let the wicked go free, and they punish the innocent.

English Standard Version
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right!

New American Standard Bible
Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!

King James Bible
Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who acquit the guilty for a bribe and deprive the innocent of justice.

International Standard Version
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of justice!"

NET Bible
They pronounce the guilty innocent for a payoff, they ignore the just cause of the innocent.

New Heart English Bible
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice for the innocent.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
who declare the guilty innocent for a bribe, who take away the rights of righteous people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That justify the wicked for a reward, And take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

New American Standard 1977
Who justify the wicked for a bribe,
            And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!

Jubilee Bible 2000
who justify the wicked for bribes and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

King James 2000 Bible
Who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the justice of the righteous from him!

American King James Version
Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

American Standard Version
that justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Douay-Rheims Bible
That justify the wicked for gifts, and take away the justice of the just from him.

Darby Bible Translation
who justify the wicked for a bribe, and turn away the righteousness of the righteous from them!

English Revised Version
which justify the wicked for a reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Webster's Bible Translation
Who justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

World English Bible
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice for the innocent!

Young's Literal Translation
Declaring righteous the wicked for a bribe, And the righteousness of the righteous They turn aside from him.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:8-23 Here is a woe to those who set their hearts on the wealth of the world. Not that it is sinful for those who have a house and a field to purchase another; but the fault is, that they never know when they have enough. Covetousness is idolatry; and while many envy the prosperous, wretched man, the Lord denounces awful woes upon him. How applicable to many among us! God has many ways to empty the most populous cities. Those who set their hearts upon the world, will justly be disappointed. Here is woe to those who dote upon the pleasures and the delights of sense. The use of music is lawful; but when it draws away the heart from God, then it becomes a sin to us. God's judgments have seized them, but they will not disturb themselves in their pleasures. The judgments are declared. Let a man be ever so high, death will bring him low; ever so mean, death will bring him lower. The fruit of these judgments shall be, that God will be glorified as a God of power. Also, as a God that is holy; he shall be owned and declared to be so, in the righteous punishment of proud men. Those are in a woful condition who set up sin, and who exert themselves to gratify their base lusts. They are daring in sin, and walk after their own lusts; it is in scorn that they call God the Holy One of Israel. They confound and overthrow distinctions between good and evil. They prefer their own reasonings to Divine revelations; their own devices to the counsels and commands of God. They deem it prudent and politic to continue profitable sins, and to neglect self-denying duties. Also, how light soever men make of drunkenness, it is a sin which lays open to the wrath and curse of God. Their judges perverted justice. Every sin needs some other to conceal it.
Study Bible
Woes to the Wicked
22Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine And valiant men in mixing strong drink, 23Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right! 24Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble And dry grass collapses into the flame, So their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust; For they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.…
Cross References
James 5:6
You have condemned and murdered the righteous, who did not resist you.

Exodus 23:8
"You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of the just.

Psalm 94:21
They band themselves together against the life of the righteous And condemn the innocent to death.

Proverbs 17:15
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.

Proverbs 24:24
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;

Isaiah 1:23
Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow's plea come before them.

Isaiah 10:1
Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions,

Isaiah 10:2
So as to deprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So that widows may be their spoil And that they may plunder the orphans.

Isaiah 32:7
As for a rogue, his weapons are evil; He devises wicked schemes To destroy the afflicted with slander, Even though the needy one speaks what is right.

Isaiah 59:15
Yes, truth is lacking; And he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey. Now the LORD saw, And it was displeasing in His sight that there was no justice.
Treasury of Scripture

Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

justify

Exodus 23:6-9 You shall not wrest the judgment of your poor in his cause…

Proverbs 17:15 He that justifies the wicked, and he that comdemns the just, even …

Proverbs 24:24 He that said to the wicked, You are righteous; him shall the people …

Proverbs 31:4,5 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; …

for reward

Isaiah 1:23 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one …

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

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

Proverbs 17:23 A wicked man takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

Micah 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach …

Micah 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, …

take

Isaiah 10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right …

1 Kings 21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: …

Psalm 94:21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, …

Matthew 23:35 That on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth…

Matthew 27:24,25 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a …

James 5:6 You have condemned and killed the just; and he does not resist you.

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