Proverbs 17:15
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English Standard Version
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike 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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

9 He covereth transgressions who seeketh after love,

   And he who always brings back a matter separateth friends.

The pred. stands first in the simple clause with the order of the words not inverted. That מכסה פשׁע is also to be interpreted here as pred. (cf. 19a) is shown by Proverbs 10:12, according to which love covereth all transgressions. We write מכסּה־פּשׂע with Dag. forte conjunctivum of פ (as of ב in Ezekiel 18:6), and Gaja with the Sheva, according to the Meth.-Setzung, 37; the punctuation מכסּה פּשׁע also occurs. What the expression "to seek love" here means, is to be judged, with Hitzig, after Zephaniah 2:3; 1 Corinthians 14:1. It is in no case equivalent to seek to gain the love of another, rather to seek to preserve the love of men towards one another, but it is to be understood not after 9b, but after Proverbs 10:12 : he seeks to prove love who does not strike on the great bell when his neighbour has sinned however grievously against him, does not in a scandal-loving manner make much ado about it, and takes care not thereby to widen the breach between men who stand near to one another, but endeavours by a reconciling, soothing, rectifying influence, to mitigate the evil, instead of making it worse. He, on the contrary, who repeats the matter (שׁנה with ב of the obj., to come back with something, as Proverbs 26:11), i.e., turns always back again to the unpleasant occurrence (Theodotion, δευτερῶν ἐν λόγῳ; Symmachus, δευτερῶν λόγον, as Sir. 7:14; 19:7), divides friends (vid., Proverbs 16:28), for he purposely fosters the strife, the disharmony, ill-will, and estrangement which the offence produced; while the noble man, who has love for his motive and his aim, by prudent silence contributes to bring the offence and the division which it occasioned into forgetfulness.

Proverbs 17:15 Parallel Commentaries

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that justifieth

Proverbs 24:23,24 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment...

Exodus 23:7 Keep you far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay you not: for I will not justify the wicked.

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...

Isaiah 5:23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Isaiah 55:8,9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD...

Ezekiel 22:27-29 Her princes in the middle thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain...

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 you have turned judgment into gall...

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

Romans 4:5 But to him that works not, but believes on him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

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 prayer of the upright is his delight.

Cross References
Exodus 23:7
Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked.

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

Proverbs 17:26
To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good, nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

Proverbs 18:5
It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice.

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

Proverbs 31:5
lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.

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!

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