Proverbs 17:26
New International Version
If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good, surely to flog honest officials is not right.

New Living Translation
It is wrong to punish the godly for being good or to flog leaders for being honest.

English Standard Version
To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good, nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

Berean Study Bible
It is surely not good to punish the innocent or to beat a noble for his honesty.

New American Standard Bible
It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

King James Bible
Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

Christian Standard Bible
It is certainly not good to fine an innocent person or to beat a noble for his honesty.

Contemporary English Version
It isn't fair to punish the innocent and those who do right.

Good News Translation
It is not right to make an innocent person pay a fine; justice is perverted when good people are punished.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is certainly not good to fine an innocent person or to beat a noble for his honesty.

International Standard Version
Furthermore, it isn't good to fine the righteous, or to beat an official because of his uprightness.

NET Bible
It is terrible to punish a righteous person, and to flog honorable men is wrong.

New Heart English Bible
Also to punish the righteous is not good, nor to flog officials for their integrity.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To harm the righteous is not good, neither to beat the righteous who speak correct things.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
To punish an innocent person is not good. To strike down noble people is not right.

JPS Tanakh 1917
To punish also the righteous is not good, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

New American Standard 1977
It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is certainly not good to condemn the just, nor to smite princes for doing that which is upright.

King James 2000 Bible
Also, to punish the just is not good, nor to flog princes for their integrity.

American King James Version
Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

American Standard Version
Also to punish the righteous is not good, Nor to smite the noble for their uprightness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
It is not right to punish a righteous man, nor is it holy to plot against righteous princes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is no good thing to do hurt to the just: nor to strike the prince, who judgeth right.

Darby Bible Translation
To punish a righteous [man] is not good, nor to strike nobles because of [their] uprightness.

English Revised Version
Also to punish the righteous is not good, nor to smite the noble for their uprightness.

Webster's Bible Translation
Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

World English Bible
Also to punish the righteous is not good, nor to flog officials for their integrity.

Young's Literal Translation
Also, to fine the righteous is not good, To smite nobles for uprightness.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
25A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him. 26It is surely not good to punish the innocent or to beat a noble for his honesty. 27A man of knowledge restrains his words, and a man of understanding keeps a cool head.…
Cross References
Proverbs 17:15
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the righteous--both are detestable to the LORD.

Proverbs 18:5
Showing partiality to the wicked is not good, nor is depriving the innocent of justice.

Treasury of Scripture

Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

to punish

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

Proverbs 18:5
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

Genesis 18:25
That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

to strike

2 Samuel 3:23-25,39
When Joab and all the host that was with him were come, they told Joab, saying, Abner the son of Ner came to the king, and he hath sent him away, and he is gone in peace…

2 Samuel 16:7,8
And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial: …

2 Samuel 19:7
Now therefore arise, go forth, and speak comfortably unto thy servants: for I swear by the LORD, if thou go not forth, there will not tarry one with thee this night: and that will be worse unto thee than all the evil that befell thee from thy youth until now.







Lexicon
It is surely
גַּ֤ם (gam)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

good
ט֑וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

to punish
עֲנ֣וֹשׁ (‘ă·nō·wōš)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6064: To urge, to inflict a, penalty, to fine

the innocent
לַצַּדִּ֣יק (laṣ·ṣad·dîq)
Preposition-l, Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

or to beat
לְהַכּ֖וֹת (lə·hak·kō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5221: To strike

a noble
נְדִיבִ֣ים (nə·ḏî·ḇîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5081: Voluntary, generous, magnanimous, a grandee

for
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

his honesty.
יֹֽשֶׁר׃ (yō·šer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3476: Straightness, uprightness
(26) Also.--Among other evil things. The subject of perversion of justice is again taken up.

To punish.--Especially by fining.

To strike--i.e., scourge. (Comp. Deuteronomy 25:1-3.)

For equity--i.e., when they have acted uprightly.

Verse 26. - Also (gam). This may be intended to connect this verso with what was said above (ver. 23) about the perversion of justice; or, as is more probable, it is used to emphasize what is coming, To punish the just is not good. Damnum inferre justo, Vulgate; ζημιοῦν, Septuagint; and the word has a special reference to punishment by fire. Nor to strike princes for equity; the expression, "is not good," being understood from the former clause. "Princes" are the noble in character rather than in position only. Two forms of evil are named, viz. to punish the innocent, and to visit with contumely and injury the man of high character who cannot be induced to pervert justice. Revised Version, nor to smite the noble for their uprightness. So virtually the Vulgate, Septuagint, and Syriac. Another rendering is, "to strike the noble is against right," which seems feeble and less suitable to the parallelism. 17:19. If we would keep a clear conscience and a quiet mind, we must shun all excitements to anger. And a man who affects a style of living above his means, goes the way to ruin. 20. There is nothing got by ill designs. And many have paid dear for an unbridled tongue. 21. This speaks very plainly what many wise and good men feel very strongly, how grievous it is to have a foolish, wicked child. 22. It is great mercy that God gives us leave to be cheerful, and cause to be cheerful, if by his grace he gives us hearts to be cheerful. 23. The wicked are ready to part with their money, though loved, that they may not suffer for their crimes. 24. The prudent man keeps the word of God continually in view. But the foolish man cannot fix his thoughts, nor pursue any purpose with steadiness. 25. Wicked children despise the authority of their father, and the tenderness of their mother. 26. It is very wrong to find fault for doing what is duty. 27,28. A man may show himself to be a wise man, by the good temper of his mind, and by the good government of his tongue. He is careful when he does speak, to speak to the purpose. God knows his heart, and the folly that is bound there; therefore he cannot be deceived in his judgment as men may be.
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