You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: you shall not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty…
There must be in us no affectation of kindness to the poor, any more than fawning flattery of the great. Especially in matters of judgment the judge must be impartial. The eye of God is on him; and as He is a just God, and without iniquity, He delights to see His own attributes shadowed forth in the strict integrity of an earthly judge. If these are God's holy principles, ah! then the misery and oppression and suffering of the lower classes will in no way serve as a reason for their acquittal at His bar, if they be found guilty. Suffering in this world is no blotting out of sin. Hence, we find at Christ's appearing "the great men and the mighty men, and every bondman," cried to the rocks, "Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne" (Revelation 7:15).
(A. A. Bonar.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.