Job 32:21
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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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Clarke'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


Job 13:8 Will you accept his person? will you contend for God?

Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor?...

Leviticus 19:15 You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: you shall not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty...

Deuteronomy 1:17 You shall not respect persons in judgment; but you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid of the face of man...

Deuteronomy 16:19 You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift does blind the eyes of the wise...

Proverbs 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

Matthew 22:16 And they sent out to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that you are true...


2 Samuel 14:17,20 Then your handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God...

Acts 12:22,23 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man...

Acts 24:2,3 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by you we enjoy great quietness...

"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

Its Meaning
Deliverance from the condemning sentence of the Divine Law is the fundamental blessing in Divine salvation: so long as we continue under the curse, we can neither be holy nor happy. But as to the precise nature of that deliverance, as to exactly what it consists of, as to the ground on which it is obtained, and as to the means whereby it is secured, much confusion now obtains. Most of the errors which have been prevalent on this subject arose from the lack of a clear view of the thing itself, and
Arthur W. Pink—The Doctrine of Justification

Cross References
Leviticus 19:15
"'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.

Job 13:8
Will you show him partiality? Will you argue the case for God?

Job 13:10
He would surely call you to account if you secretly showed partiality.

Job 32:20
I must speak and find relief; I must open my lips and reply.

Job 32:22
for if I were skilled in flattery, my Maker would soon take me away.

Job 34:19
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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