New International Version
and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit.
King James Bible
Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause.
Darby Bible Translation
Neither shalt thou favour a poor man in his cause.
World English Bible
neither shall you favor a poor man in his cause.
Young's Literal Translation
and a poor man thou dost not honour in his strife.
Exodus 23:3 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause - The word דל dal, which we translate poor man, is probably put here in opposition to רבים rabbim, the great, or noble men, in the preceding verse: if so, the meaning is, Thou shalt neither be influenced by the great to make an unrighteous decision, nor by the poverty or distress of the poor to give thy voice against the dictates of justice and truth. Hence the ancient maxim, Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum. "Let justice be done, though the heavens should be dissolved."
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'And the feast of harvest, the first-fruits of thy labours, which them hast sown In thy field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.' --EXODUS xxiii. 16. The Israelites seem to have had a double beginning of the year--one in spring, one at the close of harvest; or it may only be that here the year is regarded from the natural point of view--a farmer's year. This feast was at the gathering in of the fruits, which was …
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The Blessing of Jacob Upon Judah. (Gen. Xlix. 8-10. )
In the Temple at the Feast of Tabernacles.
"Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.
"'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it."
Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent.
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