Exodus 23:3
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English Standard Version
nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his 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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Neither shalt thou favour a poor man in judgment.

English Revised Version
neither shalt thou favour a poor man in his cause.

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"Thou shalt not despise God, and the prince among thy people thou shalt not curse." Elohim does not mean either the gods of other nations, as Josephus, Philo, and others, in their dead and work-holy monotheism, have rendered the word; or the rulers, as Onkelos and others suppose; but simply God, deity in general, whose majesty was despised in every break of the commandments of Jehovah, and who was to be honoured in the persons of the rulers (cf. Proverbs 24:21; 1 Peter 2:17). Contempt of God consists not only in blasphemies of Jehovah openly expressed, which were to be punished with death (Leviticus 24:11.), but in disregard of His threats with reference to the oppression of the poorer members of His people (Exodus 22:22-27), and in withholding from them what they ought to receive (Exodus 22:29-31). Understood in this way, the command is closely connected not only with what precedes, but also with what follows. The prince (נשׂיא, lit., the elevated one) is mentioned by the side of God, because in his exalted position he has to administer the law of God among His people, and to put a stop to what is wrong.

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Cross References
Exodus 23:6
"You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his lawsuit.

Leviticus 19:15
"You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.

Deuteronomy 1:17
You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God's. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.'

Deuteronomy 16:19
You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous.

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