New International Version
I will show no partiality, nor will I flatter anyone;
King James Bible
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
Darby Bible Translation
Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person; neither will I give flattery to man.
World English Bible
Please don't let me respect any man's person, neither will I give flattering titles to any man.
Young's Literal Translation
Let me not, I pray you, accept the face of any, Nor unto man give flattering titles,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Let me not - accept any man's person - I will speak the truth without fear or favor.
Neither let me give flattering titles - I will not give epithets to any man that are not descriptive of his true state. I will not beguile him by telling him he is what he is not. אכנה acanneh, from כנה canah, is generally supposed to signify to surname, to put a name to or upon a name, as the French word surnom implies. It means to give proud titles to persons who are worthless. It is well known that the Arabs make court to their superiors by carefully avoiding to address them by their proper names, instead of which they salute them with some title or epithet expressive of respect - Scott See below. Titles expressive of office, ecclesiastical, civil, or military, are always proper, and never forbidden, because they serve for distinction; but the Asiatic titles are in general bombastically and sinfully complimentary. The reader will find several specimens at the end of this chapter.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Library"For they that are after the Flesh do Mind,"
Rom. viii. s 5, 6.--"For they that are after the flesh do mind," &c. "For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." There are many differences among men in this world, that, as to outward appearance, are great and wide, and indeed they are so eagerly pursued, and seriously minded by men, as if they were great and momentous. You see what a strife and contention there is among men, how to be extracted out of the dregs of the multitude, and set a little higher …
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning
"'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
Will you show him partiality? Will you argue the case for God?
He would surely call you to account if you secretly showed partiality.
I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.
for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.
who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?
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