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Do not follow the majority when they do wrong or when they give testimony that perverts justice.
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Thou shalt not follow the multitude to do evil: neither shalt thou yield in judgment, to the opinion of the most part, to stray from the truth.
Exodus 32:1-5 And the people seeing that Moses delayed to come down from the mount, gathering together against Aaron, said: Arise, make us gods, that may go before us: For as to this Moses, the man that brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what has befallen him. . . .
Genesis 6:12 And when God had seen that the earth was corrupted (for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth),
Genesis 7:1 And the Lord said to him: Go in, thou and all thy house, into the ark: for thee I have seen just before me in this generation.
Genesis 19:4,7-9 But before they went to bed, the men of the city beset the house, both young and old, all the people together. . . .
Numbers 14:1-10 Therefore the whole multitude crying wept that night. . . .
Joshua 24:15 But if it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, you have your choice: choose this day that which pleaseth you, whom you would rather serve, whether the gods which your fathers served in Mesopotamia, or the gods of the Amorrhites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house we will serve thee Lord,
1 Samuel 15:9 And Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the flocks of sheep, and of the herds, and the garments and the rams, and all that was beautiful, and would not destroy them: but every thing that was vile, and good for nothing, that they destroyed.
1 Kings 19:10 And he answered: With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant: they have thrown down thy altars, they have slain thy prophets with the sword, and I alone am left, and they seek my life to take it away.
Job 31:34 If I have been afraid at a very great multitude, and the contempt of kinsmen hath terrified me: and have not rather held my peace, and not gone out of the door.
Proverbs 1:10,11,15 If they shall say: Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us hide snares for the innocent without cause: . . .
Proverbs 4:14 Flee from it, pass not by it: go aside, and forsake it.
Matthew 27:24-26 And Pilate seeing that he prevailed nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, taking water washed his hands before the people, saying: I am innocent of the blood of this just man. Look you to it. . . .
Mark 15:15 And so Pilate being willing to satisfy the people, released to them Barabbas: and delivered up Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.
Luke 23:23,24,51 But they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And their voices prevailed. . . .
John 7:50,51 Nicodemus said to them (he that came to him by night, who was one of them): . . .
Acts 24:27 But when two years were ended, Felix had for successor Portius Festus. And Felix being willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.
Acts 25:9 But Festus, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, answering Paul, said: Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem and there be judged of these things before me?
Romans 1:32 Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death: and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them.
Galatians 2:11-13 But when Cephas was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. . . .
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Exodus 23:6,7 Thou shalt not go aside in the poor man's judgment. . . .
Leviticus 19:15 Thou shalt not do that which is unjust, nor judge unjustly. Respect not the person of the poor: nor honour the countenance of the mighty. But judge thy neighbour according to justice.
Deuteronomy 1:17 There shall be no difference of persons, you shall hear the little as well as the great: neither shall you respect any man's person, because it is the judgment of God. And if any thing seem hard to you, refer it to me, and I will hear it.
Psalm 72:2 Give to the king thy judgment, O God, and to the king's son thy justice: To judge thy people with justice, and thy poor with judgment.
Jeremiah 37:15,21 So Jeremiah went into the house of the prison, and into the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained there many days. . . .
Jeremiah 38:5,6,9 And king Sedecias said: Behold he is in your hands: for it is not lawful for the king to deny you any thing. . . .
Ezekiel 9:9 And he said to me: The iniquity of the house of Israel, and of Juda, is exceeding great, and the land is filled with blood, and the city is filled with perverseness: for they have said: The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not.
Haggai 1:4 Is it time for you to dwell in ceiled houses, and this house lie desolate?
ContextJustice and Mercy
1Thou shalt not receive the voice of a lie: neither shalt thou join thy hand to bear false witness for a wicked person. 2Thou shalt not follow the multitude to do evil: neither shalt thou yield in judgment, to the opinion of the most part, to stray from the truth.3Neither shalt thou favour a poor man in judgment.…
Thou shalt not go aside in the poor man's judgment.
And not go aside to either part. Thou shalt not accept person nor gifts: for gifts blind the eyes of the wise, and change the words of the just.
Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger nor of the fatherless, neither shalt thou take away the widow's raiment for a pledge.
If I have been afraid at a very great multitude, and the contempt of kinsmen hath terrified me: and have not rather held my peace, and not gone out of the door.
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to decline from the truth of judgment.
Additional TranslationsYou shall not follow a crowd in wrongdoing. When you testify in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with a crowd.You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to turn aside after a multitude to wrest justice :
Thou shalt not associate with the multitude for evil; thou shalt not join thyself with a multitude to turn aside with the majority so as to shut out judgment.
Thou shalt not follow the multitude for evil; neither shalt thou answer in a cause, to go after the multitude to pervert [judgment].
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to turn aside after a multitude to wrest judgment:
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:
"You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; neither shall you testify in court to side with a multitude to pervert justice;
Thou art not after many to evil, nor dost thou testify concerning a strife, to turn aside after many to cause others to turn aside;
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