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

New Living Translation
A judge who says to the wicked, "You are innocent," will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations.

English Standard Version
Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,” will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,

New American Standard Bible
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;

King James Bible
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"-- people will curse him, and tribes will denounce him;

International Standard Version
Whoever says to the wicked, "You're in the right," will be cursed by people and hated by nations.

NET Bible
The one who says to the guilty, "You are innocent," peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither to say to the evil, “You are righteous”; the nations will curse such, and the peoples will revile him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever says to a guilty person, "You are innocent," will be cursed by people and condemned by nations.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the peoples curse, nations shall abhor him:

King James 2000 Bible
He that says unto the wicked, you are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

American King James Version
He that said to the wicked, You are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

American Standard Version
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; Peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him:

Douay-Rheims Bible
They that say to the wicked man: Thou art just: shall be cursed by the people, and the tribes shall abhor them.

Darby Bible Translation
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous, peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him;

English Revised Version
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him:

Webster's Bible Translation
He that saith to the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

World English Bible
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous;" peoples shall curse him, and nations shall abhor him--

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is saying to the wicked, 'Thou art righteous,' Peoples execrate him -- nations abhor him.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

24:17,18. The pleasure we are apt to take in the troubles of an enemy is forbidden. 19,20. Envy not the wicked their prosperity; be sure there is no true happiness in it. 21,22. The godly in the land, will be quiet in the land. There may be cause to change for the better, but have nothing to do with them that are given change. 23-26. The wisdom God giveth, renders a man fit for his station. Every one who finds the benefit of the right answer, will be attached to him that gave it. 27. We must prefer necessaries before conveniences, and not go in debt.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous. The judge is supposed to be acquitting a guilty person. Him shall the people curse. The Hebrew is "peoples," as Septuagint and Vulgate, maledicient eis populi. Nations shall abhor him. Not individuals, nor families only, but the whole community, wherever such an iniquitous ruler is found, shall execrate and hate him. The voice of the people is universally against him; no one is so blind and degraded as openly to applaud his nets. The verb nakab, "to curse," means primarily "to bore or pierce;" hence some have translated it here, "him shall the peoples stab." But the word is used in the sense of distinguishing by a mark or brand, and thence passes into the sense of cursing, as at Proverbs 11:26; Leviticus 24:11; Job 3:8. In Proverbs 17:15 the unjust judge is called an abomination to the Lord. In this case the vox populi is vox Dei.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous,.... Not in a private way, or as giving his opinion or character of a man that is wicked, whom either through ignorance or flattery another may call righteous; which may be done and not resented by people and nations; but in an open court of judicature pronounced by the judge, justifying the wicked for reward, and condemning the just, which is an abomination unto the Lord; see Proverbs 17:15; nor should the ministers of the Gospel flatter the wicked, and call them righteous and good men, and strengthen their hands in their wickedness, promising them life though they continue in their evil ways; for though God justifies the ungodly, man should not; nor does he justify them in, but from, their ungodliness; see Ezekiel 13:2;

him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him; the people of the land shall curse him as an unjust judge, as a patron of wickedness aunt wicked men; as an enemy to justice, and a discourager of truth and honesty, and all good men; and even nations that have not so immediate a concern in the affair, yet hearing of it shall express their indignation at him and abhorrence of him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24, 25. of which an example is justifying the wicked, to which is opposed, rebuking him, which has a blessing.

Proverbs 24:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Further Sayings of the Wise
23These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good. 24He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him; 25But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, And a good blessing will come upon them.…
Cross References
Proverbs 11:26
People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God's blessing on the one who is willing to sell.

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

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

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

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

Exodus 23:6,7 You shall not wrest the judgment of your poor in his cause…

Isaiah 5:20,23 Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness …

Jeremiah 6:13,14 For from the least of them even to the greatest of them every one …

Jeremiah 8:10,11 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to …

Ezekiel 13:22 Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom …

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Proverbs 11:26 He that withholds corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing …

Proverbs 28:27 He that gives to the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes …

Proverbs 30:10 Accuse not a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.

Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look on the carcasses of the men that …

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