|New International Version (© 2011)|
and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit.
King James Bible
Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause.
American Standard Version
neither shalt thou favor a poor man in his cause.
Young's Literal Translation
and a poor man thou dost not honour in his strife.
Exodus 23:3 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause - The word דל dal, which we translate poor man, is probably put here in opposition to רבים rabbim, the great, or noble men, in the preceding verse: if so, the meaning is, Thou shalt neither be influenced by the great to make an unrighteous decision, nor by the poverty or distress of the poor to give thy voice against the dictates of justice and truth. Hence the ancient maxim, Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum. "Let justice be done, though the heavens should be dissolved."
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Exodus 23:3 Parallel CommentariesCause Countenance Dispute Favor Favoritism Favour Hand Honour Lawsuit Order Partial Poor Right Show Strife Suit Support TurnedCause Countenance Dispute Favor Favoritism Favour Hand Honour Lawsuit Order Partial Poor Right Show Strife Suit Support TurnedTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Exodus 23:6 "Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.
Leviticus 19:15 "'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
Deuteronomy 1:17 Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it."
Deuteronomy 16:19 Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent.