Proverbs 24:24
New International Version
Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent," will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.

New Living Translation
A judge who says to the wicked, “You are innocent,” will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations.

English Standard Version
Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,” will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,

Berean Study Bible
Whoever tells the guilty, “You are innocent”—peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce him;

New American Standard Bible
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;

King James Bible
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

Christian Standard Bible
Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"--peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce him;

Contemporary English Version
If you let the guilty go free, people of all nations will hate and curse you.

Good News Translation
If they pronounce a guilty person innocent, they will be cursed and hated by everyone.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"-- people will curse him, and tribes will denounce him;

International Standard Version
Whoever says to the wicked, "You're in the right," will be cursed by people and hated by nations.

NET Bible
The one who says to the guilty, "You are innocent," peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce him.

New Heart English Bible
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous;" peoples shall curse him, and nations shall abhor him--

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither to say to the evil, “You are righteous”; the nations will curse such, and the peoples will revile him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever says to a guilty person, "You are innocent," will be cursed by people and condemned by nations.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that saith unto the wicked: 'Thou art righteous', Peoples shall curse him, nations shall execrate him;

New American Standard 1977
He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,” Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the peoples curse, nations shall abhor him:

King James 2000 Bible
He that says unto the wicked, you are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

American King James Version
He that said to the wicked, You are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

American Standard Version
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; Peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that says of the ungodly, He is righteous, shall be cursed by peoples, and hateful among the nations.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They that say to the wicked man: Thou art just: shall be cursed by the people, and the tribes shall abhor them.

Darby Bible Translation
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous, peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him;

English Revised Version
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him:

Webster's Bible Translation
He that saith to the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, 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.
Study Bible
Further Sayings of the Wise
23These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judgment is not good. 24Whoever tells the guilty, “You are innocent”— peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce him; 25but it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come upon them.…
Cross References
Proverbs 11:26
The people will curse the hoarder of grain, but blessing will crown the one who sells it.

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

Isaiah 5:23
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of justice.

Treasury of Scripture

He that said to the wicked, You are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

that

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

Exodus 23:6,7
Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause…

Isaiah 5:20,23
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! …

him shall

Proverbs 11:26
He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

Proverbs 28:27
He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

Proverbs 30:10
Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.







Lexicon
Whoever tells
אֹ֤מֵ֨ר ׀ (’ō·mêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

the guilty,
לְרָשָׁע֮ (lə·rā·šā‘)
Preposition-l | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

“You
אָ֥תָּה (’āt·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

are innocent”—
צַדִּ֪יק (ṣad·dîq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6662: Just, righteous

peoples
עַמִּ֑ים (‘am·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

will curse him,
יִקְּבֻ֥הוּ (yiq·qə·ḇu·hū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5344: To puncture

and nations
לְאֻמִּֽים׃ (lə·’um·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3816: A community

will denounce him;
יִזְעָמ֥וּהוּ (yiz·‘ā·mū·hū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2194: To foam at the mouth, to be enraged
Verse 24. - He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous. The judge is supposed to be acquitting a guilty person. Him shall the people curse. The Hebrew is "peoples," as Septuagint and Vulgate, maledicient eis populi. Nations shall abhor him. Not individuals, nor families only, but the whole community, wherever such an iniquitous ruler is found, shall execrate and hate him. The voice of the people is universally against him; no one is so blind and degraded as openly to applaud his nets. The verb nakab, "to curse," means primarily "to bore or pierce;" hence some have translated it here, "him shall the peoples stab." But the word is used in the sense of distinguishing by a mark or brand, and thence passes into the sense of cursing, as at Proverbs 11:26; Leviticus 24:11; Job 3:8. In Proverbs 17:15 the unjust judge is called an abomination to the Lord. In this case the vox populi is vox Dei. 24:17,18. The pleasure we are apt to take in the troubles of an enemy is forbidden. 19,20. Envy not the wicked their prosperity; be sure there is no true happiness in it. 21,22. The godly in the land, will be quiet in the land. There may be cause to change for the better, but have nothing to do with them that are given change. 23-26. The wisdom God giveth, renders a man fit for his station. Every one who finds the benefit of the right answer, will be attached to him that gave it. 27. We must prefer necessaries before conveniences, and not go in debt.
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