New American Standard Bible
"You shall not pervert the justice due to your needy brother in his dispute.
King James Bible
Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause.
Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of thy poor in his cause.
World English Bible
"You shall not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.
Young's Literal Translation
'Thou dost not turn aside the judgment of thy needy one in his strife;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Four precepts evidently addressed to those in authority as judges:
(a) To do justice to the poor. Comparing Exodus 23:6 with Exodus 23:3, it was the part of the judge to defend the poor against the oppression of the rich, and the part of the witness to take care lest his feelings of natural pity should tempt him to falsify evidence.
(b) To be cautious of inflicting capital punishment on one whose guilt was not clearly proved. A doubtful case was rather to be left to God Himself, who would "not justify the wicked," nor suffer him to go unpunished though he might be acquitted by an earthly tribunal. Exodus 23:7.
(d) To vindicate the rights of the stranger Exodus 23:9 - rather, the foreigner. (Exodus 20:10 note.) This verse is a repetition of Exodus 22:21, but the precept is there addressed to the people at large, while it is here addressed to the judges in reference to their official duties. The caution was perpetually necessary. Compare Ezekiel 22:7; Malachi 3:5. The word rendered "heart" is more strictly "soul," and would be better represented here by feelings.
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"You shall not follow the masses in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice;
nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his dispute.
'You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly.
1 Samuel 8:3
His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice.
To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.
Do not rob the poor because he is poor, Or crush the afflicted at the gate;
For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
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