New International Version
Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent," will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
King James Bible
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
Darby Bible Translation
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous, peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him;
World English Bible
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous;" peoples shall curse him, and nations shall abhor him--
Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is saying to the wicked, 'Thou art righteous,' Peoples execrate him -- nations abhor him.
Proverbs 24:24 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
These things also belong to the wise - גם אלה לחכמים gam elleh lachachamim, "These also to wise." This appears to be a new section; and perhaps, what follows belongs to another collection. Probably fragments of sayings collected by wise men from the Proverbs of Solomon.
It is not good to have respect - Judgment and justice should never be perverted.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Sluggard's Garden
'I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31. And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.'--PROVERBS xxiv. 30, 31. This picture of the sluggard's garden seems to be intended as a parable. No doubt its direct simple meaning is full of homely wisdom in full accord with the whole tone of the Book of Proverbs; but we shall scarcely do justice to this saying of the wise …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Epistle xxxvi. To Maximus, Bishop of Salona .
A Treatise on Good Works
People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God's blessing on the one who is willing to sell.
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.
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