New International Version
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
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.
Proverbs 17:15 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water - As soon as the smallest breach is made in the dike or dam, the water begins to press from all parts towards the breach; the resistance becomes too great to be successfully opposed, so that dikes and all are speedily swept away. Such is the beginning of contentions, quarrels, lawsuits, etc.
Leave off contention, before it be meddled with - As you see what an altercation must lead to, therefore do not begin it. Before it be mingled together, התגלע hithgalla, before the spirits of the contending parties come into conflict - are joined together in battle, and begin to deal out mutual reflections and reproaches. When you see that the dispute is likely to take this turn, leave it off immediately.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryApril 8. "A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like a Medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22).
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22). King Solomon left among his wise sayings a prescription for sick and sad hearts, and it is one that we can safely take. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Joy is the great restorer and healer. Gladness of spirit will bring health to the bones and vitality to the nerves when all other tonics fail, and all other sedatives cease to quiet. Sick one, begin to rejoice in the Lord, and your bones will flourish like an herb, and your cheeks …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
An Analysis of Augustin's Writings against the Donatists.
An Exhortation to Peace and Unity
Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.
The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.
If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good, surely to flog honest officials is not right.
It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice.
Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent," will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
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