New American Standard Bible
To show partiality is not good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
King James Bible
To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
Darby Bible Translation
To have respect of persons is not good; but for a piece of bread will a man transgress.
World English Bible
To show partiality is not good; yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.
Young's Literal Translation
To discern faces is not good, And for a piece of bread doth a man transgress.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Dishonest partiality leads men who have enslaved themselves to it to transgress, even when the inducement is altogether disproportionate. A "piece of bread" was proverbial at all times as the most extreme point of poverty (compare the marginal reference).
"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." Proverbs 28:13. The conditions of obtaining mercy of God are simple and just and reasonable. The Lord does not require us to do some grievous thing in order that we may have the forgiveness of sin. We need not make long and wearisome pilgrimages, or perform painful penances, to commend our souls to the God of heaven or to expiate our transgression; but he that confesseth and forsaketh his sin …
Ellen Gould White—Steps to Christ
To show partiality to the wicked is not good, Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.
These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good.
"For handfuls of barley and fragments of bread, you have profaned Me to My people to put to death some who should not die and to keep others alive who should not live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies."'"
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