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.
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.
Proverbs 28:21 Parallel
CommentaryKeil 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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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.
It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice.
These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good.
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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