New American Standard Bible
"Let me now be partial to no one, Nor flatter any man.
King James Bible
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
Darby Bible Translation
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person; neither will I give flattery to man.
World English Bible
Please don't let me respect any man's person, neither will I give flattering titles to any man.
Young's Literal Translation
Let me not, I pray you, accept the face of any, Nor unto man give flattering titles,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Let me not, I pray you - This is not to be regarded as an address to them, or a prayer to God, but as an expression of his determination. It is similar to the phrase which we use when we say, "may I never do this;" implying the strongest possible purpose not to do it. Elihu means to say that on no account would he use partiality or flattery in what he said.
Accept any man's person - Treat any with partiality. That is, "I will not be influenced by rank, age, wealth, or personal friendship, in what I say. I will state the truth impartially, and will deliver my sentiments with entire freedom;" see the phrase explained in the notes at Job 13:8.
Neither let me give flattering titles unto man - The word used here (כנה kânâh - not used in the Qal, but found only in the Piel), means to address in a friendly and soothing manner; to speak kindly to anyone, Isaiah 44:5; Isaiah 45:4; and then to flatter. That is, undoubtedly, its meaning here. Elihu says he did not know how to flatter anyone. He meant to state the exact truth; to treat each one impartially; and not to be influenced by the rank or wealth of those whom he addressed. He meant to deal in plain and simple truth.
LibraryThe Sinner Arraigned and Convicted.
1. Conviction of guilt necessary.--2. A charge of rebellion against God advanced.--3. Where it is shown--that all men are born under God's law.--4. That no man hath perfectly kept it.--5. An appeal to the reader's conscience on this head, that he hath not.--6. That to have broken it, is an evil inexpressibly great.--7. Illustrated by a more particular view of the aggravations of this guilt, arising--from knowledge.--8. From divine favors received.--9. From convictions of conscience overborne.--10. …
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul
Tit. 2:06 Thoughts for Young Men
'You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly.
"Will you show partiality for Him? Will you contend for God?
"He will surely reprove you If you secretly show partiality.
"Let me speak that I may get relief; Let me open my lips and answer.
"For I do not know how to flatter, Else my Maker would soon take me away.
Who shows no partiality to princes Nor regards the rich above the poor, For they all are the work of His hands?
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