New Living Translation
You must never twist justice or show partiality. Never accept a bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and corrupt the decisions of the godly.
King James Bible
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.
Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a bribe; for the bribe blindeth the eyes of the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.
World English Bible
You shall not wrest justice: you shall not respect persons; neither shall you take a bribe; for a bribe does blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.
Young's Literal Translation
Thou dost not turn aside judgment; thou dost not discern faces, nor take a bribe, for the bribe blindeth the eyes of the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.
Deuteronomy 16:19 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
16:19 Wrest judgment - Not give an unjust sentence. A gift doth blind the eyes - Biasseth his mind, that he cannot discern between right and wrong. The words - That is the sentence, of those judges who are used to do righteous things, it makes them give wrong judgment.
LibraryAppeal to the Christian Women of the South
BY A.E. GRIMKE. "Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not within thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place: but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this. And Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer:--and so will I go in unto the king, …
Angelina Emily Grimke—An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South
The Life and Death of Mr. Badman,
But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten.
"You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you are called to testify in a dispute, do not be swayed by the crowd to twist justice.
And do not slant your testimony in favor of a person just because that person is poor.
"Take no bribes, for a bribe makes you ignore something that you clearly see. A bribe makes even a righteous person twist the truth.
"Do not twist justice in legal matters by favoring the poor or being partial to the rich and powerful. Always judge people fairly.
and impartial in your judgments. Hear the cases of those who are poor as well as those who are rich. Don't be afraid of anyone's anger, for the decision you make is God's decision. Bring me any cases that are too difficult for you, and I will handle them.'
"For the LORD your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed.
Jump to PreviousAccept Blind Blinds Bribe Cause Decisions Distort Eyes Judging Judgment Justice Moved Partial Partiality Persons Pervert Perverts Position Respect Rewards Righteous Show Subverts Turn Twists Upright Wise Words Wrest
Jump to NextAccept Blind Blinds Bribe Cause Decisions Distort Eyes Judging Judgment Justice Moved Partial Partiality Persons Pervert Perverts Position Respect Rewards Righteous Show Subverts Turn Twists Upright Wise Words Wrest
LinksDeuteronomy 16:19 NIV
Deuteronomy 16:19 NLT
Deuteronomy 16:19 ESV
Deuteronomy 16:19 NASB
Deuteronomy 16:19 KJV
Deuteronomy 16:19 Bible Apps
Deuteronomy 16:19 Biblia Paralela
Deuteronomy 16:19 Chinese Bible
Deuteronomy 16:19 French Bible
Deuteronomy 16:19 German Bible
Deuteronomy 16:19 Commentaries