New International Version
It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice.
King James Bible
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
Darby Bible Translation
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to wrong the righteous in judgment.
World English Bible
To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good, nor to deprive the innocent of justice.
Young's Literal Translation
Acceptance of the face of the wicked is not good, To turn aside the righteous in judgment.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
To accept the person of the wicked - We must not, in judicial cases, pay any attention to a man's riches, influence, friends, offices, etc., but judge the case according to its own merits. But when the wicked rich man opposes and oppresses the poor righteous, then all those things should be utterly forgotten.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 11. The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit'--PROVERBS xviii. 10,11. The mere reading of these two verses shows that, contrary to the usual rule in the Book of Proverbs, they have a bearing on each other. They are intended to suggest a very strong contrast, and that contrast is even more emphatic in the original than in our translation; because, as the margin of your Bibles …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Cause and Cure of a Wounded Spirit
"And if Christ be in You, the Body is Dead Because of Sin: but the Spirit is Life Because of Righteousness. "
"Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,
"Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.
"'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it."
Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent.
"How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.
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