Proverbs 18:5
New International Version
It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice.

New Living Translation
It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent.

English Standard Version
It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the righteous of justice.

Berean Study Bible
Showing partiality to the wicked is not good, nor is depriving the innocent of justice.

New American Standard Bible
To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.

King James Bible
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

Christian Standard Bible
It is not good to show partiality to the guilty, denying an innocent person justice.

Contemporary English Version
It's wrong to favor the guilty and keep the innocent from getting justice.

Good News Translation
It is not right to favor the guilty and keep the innocent from receiving justice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is not good to show partiality to the guilty by perverting the justice due the innocent.

International Standard Version
It's not good to be partial towards an evil person, thereby depriving the righteous of justice.

NET Bible
It is terrible to show partiality to the wicked, by depriving a righteous man of justice.

New Heart English Bible
To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good, nor to deprive the innocent of justice.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To accept the persons of the evil is not good, neither to pray for judgment upon a righteous one.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It is not good to be partial toward a wicked person, thereby depriving an innocent person of justice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is not good to respect the person of the wicked, So as to turn aside the righteous in judgment.

New American Standard 1977
To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.

Jubilee Bible 2000
To respect the person of the wicked so that the righteous loses that which is rightfully his is not good.

King James 2000 Bible
It is not good to be partial to the wicked, or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

American King James Version
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

American Standard Version
To respect the person of the wicked is not good, Nor to turn aside the righteous in judgment.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
It is not good to accept the person of the ungodly, nor is it holy to pervert justice in judgment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to decline from the truth of judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to wrong the righteous in judgment.

English Revised Version
To accept the person of the wicked is not good, nor to turn aside the righteous in judgment.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

World English Bible
To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good, nor to deprive the innocent of justice.

Young's Literal Translation
Acceptance of the face of the wicked is not good, To turn aside the righteous in judgment.
Study Bible
The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
4The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. 5Showing partiality to the wicked is not good, nor is depriving the innocent of justice. 6A fool’s lips bring strife, and his mouth invites a beating.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:2
You shall not follow a crowd in wrongdoing. When you testify in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with a crowd.

Exodus 23:6
You shall not deny justice to the poor in their lawsuits.

Leviticus 19:15
"You must not pervert justice; you must not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the rich; you are to judge your neighbor fairly.

Deuteronomy 1:17
Show no partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be intimidated by anyone, for judgment belongs to God. And bring to me any case too difficult for you, and I will hear it."

Deuteronomy 16:19
Do not deny justice or show partiality. Do not accept any bribes, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.

Psalm 82:2
"How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah

Proverbs 17:15
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the righteous--both are detestable to the LORD.

Proverbs 17:26
It is surely not good to punish the innocent or to beat a noble for his honesty.

Proverbs 24:23
These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judgment is not good.

Proverbs 28:21
To show partiality is not good, because a man may sin for a piece of bread.

Proverbs 31:5
lest they drink and forget what is decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of justice.

Micah 3:9
Now hear this, O leaders of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who despise justice and pervert all that is right,

Treasury of Scripture

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

not

Proverbs 24:23
These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

Proverbs 28:21
To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

Leviticus 19:15
Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

to overthrow

1 Kings 21:9-14
And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people: …

Isaiah 5:23
Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Isaiah 59:14
And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.







Lexicon
Showing partiality
שְׂאֵ֣ת (śə·’êṯ)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5375: To lift, carry, take

to the wicked
רָשָׁ֣ע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

is 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

nor is depriving
לְהַטּ֥וֹת (lə·haṭ·ṭō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5186: To stretch out, spread out, extend, incline, bend

the innocent
צַ֝דִּ֗יק (ṣad·dîq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

of justice.
בַּמִּשְׁפָּֽט׃ (bam·miš·pāṭ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style
Verse 5. - It is not good to accept the person of the wicked. To "accept the person" is to show partiality, to be guided in judgment, not by the facts of a case, or the abstract principles of right or wrong, but by extraneous considerations, as a man's appearance, manners, fortune, family. (For the expression, comp. Leviticus 19:15; Deuteronomy 1:17; and in our book, Proverbs 24:23; Proverbs 28:21.) The Septuagint phrase is θαυμάσαι πρόσωπον, which St. Jude adopts (ver. 16). Other writers in the New Testament use λαμβάνειν πρόσωτον in the same sense; e.g. Luke 20:21; Galatians 2:6). To overthrow (turn aside) the righteous in judgment is not good (comp. Isaiah 10:2). The construction is the same as in Proverbs 17:26. The LXX. adds in the second clause, οὐδὲ ὄσιον, which makes the sentence clear; not seeing this, the Vulgate renders, ut declines a veritate judicii. The offence censured is the perversion of justice in giving sentence against a righteous man whose cause the judge has reason to know is just. 18:4. The well-spring of wisdom in the heart of a believer, continually supplies words of wisdom. 5. The merits of a cause must be looked to, not the person. 6,7. What mischief bad men do to themselves by their ungoverned tongues! 8. How base are those that sow contention! and what fatal effects may be expected from small beginnings of jealousy! 9. Omissions of duty, and in duty, are fatal to the soul, as well as commissions of sin. 10,11. The Divine power, made known in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, forms a strong tower for the believer, who relies on the Lord. How deceitful the defence of the rich man, who has his portion and treasure in this world! It is a strong city and a high wall only in his own conceit; for it will fail when most in need. They will be exposed to the just wrath of that Judge whom they despised as a Saviour. 12. After the heart has been lifted up with pride, a fall comes. But honour shall be the reward of humility. 13. Eagerness, with self-conceit, will expose to shame. 14. Firmness of mind supports under many pains and trials. But when the conscience is tortured with remorse, no human fortitude can bear the misery; what then will hell be? 15. We must get knowledge, not only into our heads, but into our hearts. 16. Blessed be the Lord, who makes us welcome to come to his throne, without money and without price. May his gifts make room for him in our souls.
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