Isaiah 5:23
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English Standard Version
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right!

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

American Standard Version
that justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Douay-Rheims Bible
That justify the wicked for gifts, and take away the justice of the just from him.

English Revised Version
which justify the wicked for a reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Webster's Bible Translation
Who justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

And when we consider that the Holy Land is at the present time an extensive pasture-ground for Arab shepherds, and that the modern Jerusalem which has arisen from the dust is a Mohammedan city, we may see in this also a literal fulfilment of Isaiah 5:17 : "And lambs feed as upon their pasture, and nomad shepherds eat the waste places of the fat ones." There is no necessity to supply an object to the verb ורעוּ, as Knobel and others assume, viz., the waste lands mentioned in the second clause; nor is Cedâbrâm to be taken as the object, as Caspari supposes; but the place referred to is determined by the context: in the place where Jerusalem is sunken, there lambs feed after the manner of their own pasture-ground, i.e., just as if they were in their old accustomed pasture (dober, as in Micah 2:12, from dâbar, to drive). The lambs intended are those of the gârim mentioned in the second clause. The gârim themselves are men leading an unsettled, nomad, or pilgrim life; as distinguished from gêrim, strangers visiting, or even settled at a place. The lxx have ἄρνες, so that they must have read either Cârim or gedâim, which Ewald, Knobel, and others adopt. But one feature of the prophecy, which is sustained by the historical fulfilment, is thereby obliterated. Chârboth mêchim are the lands of those that were formerly marrowy, i.e., fat and strutting about in their fulness; which lands had now become waste places. Knobel's statement, that âcăl is out of place in connection with gârim, is overthrown by Isaiah 1:7, to which he himself refers, though he makes he-goats the subject instead of men. The second woe closes with Isaiah 5:17. It is the longest of all. This also serves to confirm the fact that luxury was the leading vice of Judah in the time of Uzziah-Jotham, as it was that of Israel under Jeroboam II((see Amos 6:1-14, where the same threat is held out).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

justify

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...

take

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.

Cross References
James 5:6
You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.

Exodus 23:8
And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.

Psalm 94:21
They band together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.

Proverbs 17:15
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the LORD.

Proverbs 24:24
Whoever says to the wicked, "You are in the right," will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,

Isaiah 1:23
Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not bring justice to the fatherless, and the widow's cause does not come to them.

Isaiah 10:1
Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression,

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