Exodus 23:7
New International Version
Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.

New Living Translation
“Be sure never to charge anyone falsely with evil. Never sentence an innocent or blameless person to death, for I never declare a guilty person to be innocent.

English Standard Version
Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked.

Berean Study Bible
Stay far away from a false accusation. Do not kill the innocent or the just, for I will not acquit the guilty.

King James Bible
Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.

New King James Version
Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent and righteous. For I will not justify the wicked.

New American Standard Bible
Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty.

NASB 1995
"Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty.

NASB 1977
“Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty.

Amplified Bible
Keep far away from a false charge or action, and do not condemn to death the innocent or the righteous, for I will not justify and acquit the guilty.

Christian Standard Bible
Stay far away from a false accusation. Do not kill the innocent and the just, because I will not justify the guilty.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Stay far away from a false accusation. Do not kill the innocent and the just, because I will not justify the guilty.

American Standard Version
Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And keep far away from a lying word, and you shall not kill the innocent ones and the righteous ones, because I do not justify the guilty.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou shalt abstain from every unjust thing: thou shalt not slay the innocent and just, and thou shalt not justify the wicked for gifts.

Contemporary English Version
Don't bring false charges against anyone or sentence an innocent person to death. I won't forgive you if you do.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt fly lying. The innocent and just person thou shalt not put to death: because I abhor the wicked.

English Revised Version
Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.

Good News Translation
Do not make false accusations, and do not put an innocent person to death, for I will condemn anyone who does such an evil thing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Avoid telling lies. Don't kill innocent or honest people, because I will never declare guilty people innocent.

International Standard Version
Stay far away from a false charge, and don't kill the innocent or the righteous, because I won't acquit the guilty.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not; for I will not justify the wicked.

Literal Standard Version
you keep far off from a false matter, and you do not slay an innocent and righteous man; for I do not justify a wicked man.

NET Bible
Keep your distance from a false charge--do not kill the innocent and the righteous, for I will not justify the wicked.

New Heart English Bible
"Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous: for I will not justify the wicked.

World English Bible
"Keep far from a false charge, and don't kill the innocent and righteous: for I will not justify the wicked.

Young's Literal Translation
from a false matter thou dost keep far off, and an innocent and righteous man thou dost not slay; for I do not justify a wicked man.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Justice and Mercy
6You shall not deny justice to the poor in their lawsuits. 7Stay far away from a false accusation. Do not kill the innocent or the just, for I will not acquit the guilty. 8Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous.…

Cross References
Romans 1:18
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.

Ephesians 4:25
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one another.

Genesis 18:23
Abraham stepped forward and said, "Will You really sweep away the righteous with the wicked?

Exodus 20:13
You shall not murder.

Exodus 20:16
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Exodus 34:7
maintaining loving devotion to a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin. Yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished; He will visit the iniquity of the fathers on their children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generations."

Leviticus 19:16
You must not go about spreading slander among your people. You must not endanger the life of your neighbor. I am the LORD.

Deuteronomy 25:1
If there is a dispute between men, they are to go to court to be judged, so that the innocent may be acquitted and the guilty condemned.

Deuteronomy 27:25
Cursed is he who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person.' And let all the people say, 'Amen!'

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

Psalm 119:29
Remove me from the path of deceit and graciously grant me Your law.

Proverbs 17:15
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the righteous--both are detestable to the LORD.


Treasury of Scripture

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

far from

Exodus 23:1
Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

Leviticus 19:11
Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

Deuteronomy 19:16-21
If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong; …

the innocent

Deuteronomy 27:25
Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen.

for I will not

Exodus 34:7
Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

Proverbs 17:15
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

Nahum 1:3
The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.









(7) Keep thee far from a false matter.--A false accusation seems to be intended. If we make one it may result in an innocent man's death, and we shall be murderers; God will then assuredly hold us guilty.

Verse 7. - Keep thee far from a false matter. Hold aloof, i.e., from anything like a false accusation. Neither bring one, nor countenance one, else those mayest cause the death of an innocent and righteous man, and bring down on thyself the vengeance of him, who will not justify the wicked.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Stay far away
תִּרְחָ֑ק (tir·ḥāq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 7368: To be or become far or distant

from a false
שֶׁ֖קֶר (še·qer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8267: Deception, disappointment, falsehood

accusation.
מִדְּבַר־ (mid·də·ḇar-)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

Do not
אַֽל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

kill
תַּהֲרֹ֔ג (ta·hă·rōḡ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 2026: To smite with deadly intent

the innocent
וְנָקִ֤י (wə·nā·qî)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 5355: Clean, free from, exempt

and the just,
וְצַדִּיק֙ (wə·ṣad·dîq)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6662: Just, righteous

for
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

I will not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

acquit
אַצְדִּ֖יק (’aṣ·dîq)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 6663: To be just or righteous

the guilty.
רָשָֽׁע׃ (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person


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