New American Standard Bible
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
King James Bible
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
Darby Bible Translation
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the righteous, even they both are abomination to Jehovah.
World English Bible
He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is justifying the wicked, And condemning the righteous, Even both of these are an abomination to Jehovah.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
People need to be warned against an unjust acquittal, no less than against unjust condemnation. The word "justifieth" has its forensic sense, "to declare righteous," to acquit.
LibraryThe Unrivalled Friend
A sermon (No. 899) delivered on Lord's Day morning, November 7th, 1869, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."--Proverbs 17:17. There is one thing about the usefulness of which all men are agreed, namely, friendship; but most men are soon aware that counterfeits of friendship are common as autumn leaves. Few men enjoy from others the highest and truest form of friendship. The friendships of this world are …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
The Raising of the Young Man of Nain - the Meeting of Life and Death.
"Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty.
They band themselves together against the life of the righteous And condemn the innocent to death.
It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;
For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
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