Proverbs 17:15
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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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Barnes' 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.

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The 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.
THAT early spring-tide in Galilee was surely the truest realisation of the picture in the Song of Solomon, when earth clad herself in garments of beauty, and the air was melodious with songs of new life. [2625] It seemed as if each day marked a widening circle of deepest sympathy and largest power on the part of Jesus; as if each day also brought fresh surprise, new gladness; opened hitherto unthought-of possibilities, and pointed Israel far beyond the horizon of their narrow expectancy. Yesterday
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Exodus 23:7
"Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty.

Psalm 94:21
They band themselves together against the life of the righteous And condemn the innocent to death.

Proverbs 17:26
It is also not good to fine the righteous, Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.

Proverbs 18:5
To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.

Proverbs 24:24
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;

Proverbs 31:5
For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.

Isaiah 5:20
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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