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

New Living Translation
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent--both are detestable to the LORD.

English Standard Version
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.

King James Bible
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the just-- both are detestable to the LORD.

International Standard Version
Exonerating the wicked and condemning the righteous are both detestable to the LORD.

NET Bible
The one who acquits the guilty and the one who condemns the innocent--both of them are an abomination to the LORD.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that justifies the evil and condemns the righteous is defiled in front of Lord Jehovah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever approves of wicked people and whoever condemns righteous people is disgusting to the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that justifies the wicked and he that condemns the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
He that justifies the wicked, and he that condemns the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

American King James Version
He that justifies the wicked, and he that comdemns the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

American Standard Version
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, both are abominable before God.

Darby Bible Translation
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, even they both are abomination to Jehovah.

English Revised Version
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

World English Bible
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is justifying the wicked, And condemning the righteous, Even both of these are an abomination to Jehovah.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:8. Those who set their hearts upon money, will do any thing for it. What influence should the gifts of God have on our hearts! 9. The way to preserve peace is to make the best of every thing; not to notice what has been said or done against ourselves. 10. A gentle reproof will enter, not only into the head, but into the heart of a wise man. 11. Satan, and the messengers of Satan, shall be let loose upon an evil man. 12. Let us watch over our own passions, and avoid the company of furious men. 13. To render evil for good is devilish. He that does so, brings a curse upon his family. 14. What danger there is in the beginning of strife! Resist its earliest display; and leave it off, if it were possible, before you begin. 15. It is an offence to God to acquit the guilty, or to condemn those who are not guilty. 16. Man's neglect of God's favour and his own interest is very absurd. 17. No change of outward circumstances should abate our affection for our friends or relatives. But no friend, except Christ, deserves unlimited confidence. In Him this text did receive, and still receives its most glorious fulfilment. 18. Let not any wrong their families. Yet Christ's becoming Surety for men, was a glorious display of Divine wisdom; for he was able to discharge the bond.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - He that justifieth - in a forensic sense, declares righteous, acquits - the wicked, etc. Two forms of the perversion of justice are censured, viz. the acquittal of a guilty person and the condemnation of an innocent one (comp. Proverbs 24:24; Isaiah 5:23).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just,.... That absolves and clears the guilty, and pronounces him righteous in open court, where he stands arraigned, accused, and the fact proved; and that adjudges an innocent man to condemnation; or passes the sentence of it upon him, when it is a clear case he is not guilty;

even they both are abomination to the Lord: being contrary to law and justice, to the declared will of God, and the orders and instructions given by him to judges, Deuteronomy 25:1; such an abominable action were the Jews guilty of in desiring Barabbas, a wicked man, to be released, and Christ, the just One, to be condemned; and Pilate in complying with them. From this passage we learn, that the word "justify" is used in a forensic sense, for pronouncing persons just in a court of judicature; and in which sense it is used in the article of a sinner's justification before God: by which act, though it is an ungodly person that is justified, yet it is through the perfect righteousness of Christ imputed to him, and is quite agreeable to law and the justice of God; and not at all inconsistent with this passage, which represents the justification of a wicked man as an abomination: it is so where there is no righteousness, but not where there is; agreeably to which is the saying of an Heathen (r) poet,

"it is not righteous, neither rashly to condemn bad men good, nor good men bad.''

(r) Sophoclis Oedipus Tyrann. v. 622, 623.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. abomination … Lord—as reversing His method of acting (Pr 3:32; 12:2).

Proverbs 17:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness
14The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out. 15He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD. 16Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, When he has no sense?…
Cross References
Exodus 23:7
Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.

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

Proverbs 17:26
If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good, surely to flog honest officials is not right.

Proverbs 18:5
It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice.

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

Proverbs 31:5
lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

Isaiah 5:20
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

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

Lamentations 3:35
to deny people their rights before the Most High,
Treasury of Scripture

He that justifies the wicked, and he that comdemns the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

that justifieth

Proverbs 24:23,24 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect …

Exodus 23:7 Keep you far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous …

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

Isaiah 5:23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness …

Isaiah 55:8,9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, …

Ezekiel 22:27-29 Her princes in the middle thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, …

Amos 5:7,12 You who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth…

Amos 6:12 Shall horses run on the rock? will one plow there with oxen? for …

Luke 23:18-25 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release …

Romans 4:5 But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the …

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

abomination

Proverbs 6:16 These six things does the LORD hate: yes, seven are an abomination to him:

Proverbs 11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the …

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