New American Standard Bible
Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!
King James Bible
Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
Darby Bible Translation
who justify the wicked for a bribe, and turn away the righteousness of the righteous from them!
World English Bible
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice for the innocent!
Young's Literal Translation
Declaring righteous the wicked for a bribe, And the righteousness of the righteous They turn aside from him.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Which justify - This refers, doubtless, to magistrates. They gave unjust decisions.
For reward - For bribes.
And take away the righteousness - That is, they do not decide the cause in favor of those who have just claims, but are determined by a bribe; see the note at Isaiah 1:23. It is remarkable, that this is introduced in immediate connection with their being mighty to mingle strong drink. One effect of intemperance is to make a man ready to be "bribed." Its effect is seen as clearly in courts of justice, and in the decisions of such courts, as any where. A man that is intemperate, or that indulges in strong drink, is not qualified to be a judge.
LibraryThe Well-Beloved's vineyard.
AN ADDRESS TO A LITTLE COMPANY OF BELIEVERS, IN MR. SPURGEON'S OWN ROOM AT MENTONE."My Well-beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill."--Isaiah v. 1. THE WELL-BELOVED'S VINEYARD. WE recognize at once that Jesus is here. Who but He can be meant by "My Well-beloved"? Here is a word of possession and a word of affection,--He is mine, and my Well-beloved. He is loveliness itself, the most loving and lovable of beings; and we personally love Him with all our heart, and mind, and soul, and strength: …
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Letter Xlviii to Magister Walter De Chaumont.
The Call of Isaiah
You have condemned and put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.
"You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of the just.
They band themselves together against the life of the righteous And condemn the innocent to death.
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;
Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow's plea come before them.
Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions,
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