Proverbs 28:21
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English Standard Version
To show partiality is not good, but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.

King James Bible
To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

American Standard Version
To have respect of persons is not good; Neither that a man should transgress for a piece of bread.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that hath respect to a person in judgment, doth not well: such a man even for a morsel of bread forsaketh the truth.

English Revised Version
To have respect of persons is not good: neither that a man should transgress for a piece of bread.

Webster's Bible Translation
To have respect of persons is not good: for, for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This general ethical proverb is now followed by one concerning the king:

15 A roaring lion and a ravening bear

     Is a foolish ruler over a poor people,

i.e., a people without riches and possessions, without lasting sources of help - a people brought low by the events of war and by calamities. To such a people a tyrant is a twofold terror, like a ravenous monster. The lxx translate מושׁל רשׁע by ὃς τυραννεῖ πτωχὸς ὤν, as if רשׁ had been transferred to this place from Proverbs 28:3. But their translation of רשׁע, Proverbs 29:7, wavers between ἀσεβής and πτωχός, and of the bear they make a wolf זאב, dialectical דּיב. שׁוקק designates a bear as lingering about, running hither and thither, impelled by extreme hunger (Venet. ἐπιοῦσα), from שׁקק equals שׁוּק, to drive, which is said of nimble running, as well as of urging impulses (cf. under Genesis 3:16), viz., hunger.

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Proverbs 18:5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

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

Exodus 23:2,8 You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment...

for Erasmus observes that this expression probably originated from the circumstance of holding out a piece of bread to a dog in order to soothe him.

Ezekiel 13:19 And will you pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die...

Hosea 4:18 Their drink is sour: they have committed prostitution continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give you.

Micah 3:5 Thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace...

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...

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly...

2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not...

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

Proverbs 24:23
These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good.

Ezekiel 13:19
You have profaned me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, putting to death souls who should not die and keeping alive souls who should not live, by your lying to my people, who listen to lies.

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