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

New Living Translation
It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent.

English Standard Version
It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice.

New American Standard Bible
To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.

King James Bible
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is not good to show partiality to the guilty by perverting the justice due the innocent.

International Standard Version
It's not good to be partial towards an evil person, thereby depriving the righteous of justice.

NET Bible
It is terrible to show partiality to the wicked, by depriving a righteous man of justice.

New Heart English Bible
To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good, nor to deprive the innocent of justice.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To accept the persons of the evil is not good, neither to pray for judgment upon a righteous one.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It is not good to be partial toward a wicked person, thereby depriving an innocent person of justice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is not good to respect the person of the wicked, So as to turn aside the righteous in judgment.

New American Standard 1977
To show partiality to the wicked is not good,
            Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.

Jubilee Bible 2000
To respect the person of the wicked so that the righteous loses that which is rightfully his is not good.

King James 2000 Bible
It is not good to be partial to the wicked, or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

American King James Version
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

American Standard Version
To respect the person of the wicked is not good, Nor to turn aside the righteous in judgment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to decline from the truth of judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to wrong the righteous in judgment.

English Revised Version
To accept the person of the wicked is not good, nor to turn aside the righteous in judgment.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

World English Bible
To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good, nor to deprive the innocent of justice.

Young's Literal Translation
Acceptance of the face of the wicked is not good, To turn aside the righteous in judgment.
Study Bible
The Unfriendly Pursue Selfishness
4The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. 5To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment. 6A fool's lips bring strife, And his mouth calls for blows.…
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 23:6
"You shall not pervert the justice due to your needy brother 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.

Deuteronomy 1:17
'You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not fear man, for the judgment is God's. The case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.'

Deuteronomy 16:19
"You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.

Psalm 82:2
How long will you judge unjustly And show partiality to the wicked? Selah.

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 17:26
It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

Proverbs 24:23
These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good.

Proverbs 28:21
To show partiality is not good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
Treasury of Scripture

It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

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

Proverbs 28:21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread …

Leviticus 19:15 You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: you shall not respect …

Deuteronomy 1:16,17 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between …

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

Job 13:7,8 Will you speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him…

Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor …

Matthew 22:16 And they sent out to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, …

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1 Kings 21:9-14 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth …

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

Isaiah 59:14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice stands afar off: …

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

Verse 5. - It is not good to accept the person of the wicked. To "accept the person" is to show partiality, to be guided in judgment, not by the facts of a case, or the abstract principles of right or wrong, but by extraneous considerations, as a man's appearance, manners, fortune, family. (For the expression, comp. Leviticus 19:15; Deuteronomy 1:17; and in our book, Proverbs 24:23; Proverbs 28:21.) The Septuagint phrase is θαυμάσαι πρόσωπον, which St. Jude adopts (ver. 16). Other writers in the New Testament use λαμβάνειν πρόσωτον in the same sense; e.g. Luke 20:21; Galatians 2:6). To overthrow (turn aside) the righteous in judgment is not good (comp. Isaiah 10:2). The construction is the same as in Proverbs 17:26. The LXX. adds in the second clause, οὐδὲ ὄσιον, which makes the sentence clear; not seeing this, the Vulgate renders, ut declines a veritate judicii. The offence censured is the perversion of justice in giving sentence against a righteous man whose cause the judge has reason to know is just. It is not good to accept the person of the wicked,.... For a judge to have respect to a wicked man in a cause before him, and to favour him, because he is a rich man, or a relation, or he has received some kindness from him; none of these things should have any influence upon him

to overthrow the righteous in judgment: though he may be a poor man and a stranger, and to whom the judge is under no private and personal obligation; yet justice ought to be done without any respect to persons; to do otherwise is not only not good, but very bad, very sinful and criminal; it is contrary to law and justice; it is doing injury to men, and is repugnant to the will of God, and offensive to him, Leviticus 19:15. 5. accept the person—(Compare Ps 82:2). "It is not good" is to be supplied before "to overthrow."18:4. The well-spring of wisdom in the heart of a believer, continually supplies words of wisdom. 5. The merits of a cause must be looked to, not the person. 6,7. What mischief bad men do to themselves by their ungoverned tongues! 8. How base are those that sow contention! and what fatal effects may be expected from small beginnings of jealousy! 9. Omissions of duty, and in duty, are fatal to the soul, as well as commissions of sin. 10,11. The Divine power, made known in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, forms a strong tower for the believer, who relies on the Lord. How deceitful the defence of the rich man, who has his portion and treasure in this world! It is a strong city and a high wall only in his own conceit; for it will fail when most in need. They will be exposed to the just wrath of that Judge whom they despised as a Saviour. 12. After the heart has been lifted up with pride, a fall comes. But honour shall be the reward of humility. 13. Eagerness, with self-conceit, will expose to shame. 14. Firmness of mind supports under many pains and trials. But when the conscience is tortured with remorse, no human fortitude can bear the misery; what then will hell be? 15. We must get knowledge, not only into our heads, but into our hearts. 16. Blessed be the Lord, who makes us welcome to come to his throne, without money and without price. May his gifts make room for him in our souls.
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