Isaiah 5:23
New International Version
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.

New Living Translation
They take bribes to let the wicked go free, and they punish the innocent.

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

Berean Study Bible
who acquit the guilty for a bribe and deprive the innocent of justice.

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

New King James Version
Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!

New American Standard Bible
Who declare the wicked innocent for a bribe, And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!

NASB 1995
Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!

NASB 1977
Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!

Amplified Bible
Who justify the wicked and acquit the guilty for a bribe, And take away the rights of those who are in the right!

Christian Standard Bible
who acquit the guilty for a bribe and deprive the innocent of justice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who acquit the guilty for a bribe and deprive the innocent of justice.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they justify the guilty because of his bribe, and the innocence of the innocent they take away from them

Brenton Septuagint Translation
who justify the ungodly for rewards, and take away the righteousness of the righteous.

Contemporary English Version
You accept bribes to let the guilty go free, and you cheat the innocent out of a fair trial.

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!

Good News Translation
But for just a bribe you let the guilty go free, and you keep the innocent from getting justice.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
who declare the guilty innocent for a bribe, who take away the rights of righteous people.

International Standard Version
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of justice!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
That justify the wicked for a reward, And take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Literal Standard Version
Declaring righteous the wicked for a bribe, "" And the righteousness of the righteous "" They turn aside from him.

NET Bible
They pronounce the guilty innocent for a payoff, they ignore the just cause of the innocent.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as the dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust; because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

World English Bible
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice for the innocent!

Young's Literal Translation
Declaring righteous the wicked for a bribe, And the righteousness of the righteous They turn aside from him.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Woes to the Wicked
22Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine and champions in mixing beer, 23who acquit the guilty for a bribe and deprive the innocent of justice. 24Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes the straw, and as dry grass shrivels in the flame, so their roots will decay and their blossoms will blow away like dust; for they have rejected the instruction of the LORD of Hosts and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.…

Cross References
James 5:6
You have condemned and murdered the righteous, who did not resist you.

Exodus 23:8
Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous.

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

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

Proverbs 24:24
Whoever tells the guilty, "You are innocent"--peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce him;

Isaiah 1:23
Your rulers are rebels, friends of thieves. They all love bribes and chasing after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, and the plea of the widow never comes before them.

Isaiah 10:1
Woe to those who enact unjust statutes and issue oppressive decrees,

Isaiah 10:2
to deprive the poor of fair treatment and withhold justice from the oppressed of My people, to make widows their prey and orphans their plunder.

Isaiah 32:7
The weapons of the scoundrel are destructive; he hatches plots to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.

Isaiah 59:15
Truth is missing, and whoever turns from evil becomes prey. The LORD looked and was displeased that there was no justice.

Amos 5:12
For I know that your transgressions are many and your sins are numerous. You oppress the righteous by taking bribes; you deprive the poor of justice in the gate.

Micah 3:11
Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets practice divination for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD, saying, "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster can come upon us."

Micah 7:3
Both hands are skilled at evil; the prince and the judge demand a bribe. When the powerful utters his evil desire, they all conspire together.


Treasury of Scripture

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

justify

Exodus 23:6-9
Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause…

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

Proverbs 24:24
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

for reward

Isaiah 1:23
Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

Deuteronomy 16:19
Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.

2 Chronicles 19:7
Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

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, and that they may rob the fatherless!

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, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.

Psalm 94:21
They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.









Verse 23. - Justify the wicked; i.e. "decide his cause in his favor," declare him to be right, and his adversary wrong. For reward; or, for a bribe. Take away the righteousness of the righteous; i.e. "declare him to be in the wrong by deciding his cause against him."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
who acquit
מַצְדִּיקֵ֥י (maṣ·dî·qê)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's 6663: To be just or righteous

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

for
עֵ֣קֶב (‘ê·qeḇ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6118: A heel, the last of anything, result, compensation, on account of

a bribe,
שֹׁ֑חַד (šō·ḥaḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7810: A present, bribe

and deprive
יָסִ֥ירוּ (yā·sî·rū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5493: To turn aside

the innocent
צַדִּיקִ֖ים (ṣad·dî·qîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 6662: Just, righteous

of justice.
וְצִדְקַ֥ת (wə·ṣiḏ·qaṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 6666: Rightness, subjectively, objectively


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