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

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

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

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The righteous - צדיק tsaddik, singular, Sept. Vulg., and two editions.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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 they both are abomination to the LORD.

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

Proverbs 31:4,5 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink...

for reward

Isaiah 1:23 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loves gifts, and follows after rewards: they judge not the fatherless...

Deuteronomy 16:19 You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift does blind the eyes of the wise...

2 Chronicles 19:7 Why now let the fear of the LORD be on you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons...

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 for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money...

Micah 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, and the judge asks for a reward; and the great man...


Isaiah 10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey...

1 Kings 21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth...

Psalm 94:21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

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 tumult was made, he took water...

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

A Prophet's Woes
'Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may he placed alone in the midst of the earth! 9. In mine ears said the Lord of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall he desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant. 10. Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah. 11. Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Confession and Self-Examination
Of Confession and Self-examination Self-examination should always precede Confession, and in the nature and manner of it should be conformable to the state of the soul: the business of those that are advanced to the degree of which we now treat, is to lay their whole souls open before God, who will not fail to enlighten them, and enable them to see the peculiar nature of their faults. This examination, however, should be peaceful and tranquil, and we should depend on God for the discovery and knowledge
Madame Guyon—A Short and Easy Method of Prayer

"For to be Carnally Minded is Death; but to be Spiritually Minded is Life and Peace. "
Rom. viii. 6.--"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." It is true, this time is short, and so short that scarce can similitudes or comparisons be had to shadow it out unto us. It is a dream, a moment, a vapour, a flood, a flower, and whatsoever can be more fading or perishing; and therefore it is not in itself very considerable, yet in another respect it is of all things the most precious, and worthy of the deepest attention and most serious consideration;
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

a survey of the third and closing discourse of the prophet
We shall now, in conclusion, give a survey of the third and closing discourse of the prophet. After an introduction in vi. 1, 2, where the mountains serve only to give greater solemnity to the scene (in the fundamental passages Deut. xxxii. 1, and in Is. 1, 2, "heaven and earth" are mentioned for the same purposes, inasmuch as they are the most venerable parts of creation; "contend with the mountains" by taking them in and applying to [Pg 522] them as hearers), the prophet reminds the people of
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament

Cross References
James 5:6
You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

Exodus 23:8
"Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.

Psalm 94:21
The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.

Proverbs 17:15
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.

Proverbs 24:24
Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent," will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.

Isaiah 1:23
Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them.

Isaiah 10:1
Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees,

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