Proverbs 24:24
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New International Version
Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent," will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.

King James Bible
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

Darby Bible Translation
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous, peoples shall curse him, nations shall abhor him;

World English Bible
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous;" peoples shall curse him, and nations shall abhor him--

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is saying to the wicked, 'Thou art righteous,' Peoples execrate him -- nations abhor him.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

These things also belong to the wise - גם אלה לחכמים gam elleh lachachamim, "These also to wise." This appears to be a new section; and perhaps, what follows belongs to another collection. Probably fragments of sayings collected by wise men from the Proverbs of Solomon.

It is not good to have respect - Judgment and justice should never be perverted.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that

Proverbs 17:15 He that justifies the wicked, and he that comdemns the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

Exodus 23:6,7 You shall not wrest the judgment of your poor in his cause...

Isaiah 5:20,23 Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet...

Jeremiah 6:13,14 For from the least of them even to the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness...

Jeremiah 8:10,11 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them...

Ezekiel 13:22 Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked...

him shall

Proverbs 11:26 He that withholds corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be on the head of him that sells it.

Proverbs 28:27 He that gives to the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse.

Proverbs 30:10 Accuse not a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.

Isaiah 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look on the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die...

Library
The Sluggard's Garden
'I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31. And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.'--PROVERBS xxiv. 30, 31. This picture of the sluggard's garden seems to be intended as a parable. No doubt its direct simple meaning is full of homely wisdom in full accord with the whole tone of the Book of Proverbs; but we shall scarcely do justice to this saying of the wise
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Epistle xxxvi. To Maximus, Bishop of Salona .
To Maximus, Bishop of Salona [113] . Gregory to Maximus, &c. When our common son the presbyter Veteranus came to the Roman city, he found me so weak from the pains of gout as to be quite unable to answer thy Fraternity's letters myself. And indeed with regard to the nation of the Sclaves [114] , from which you are in great danger, I am exceedingly afflicted and disturbed. I am afflicted as suffering already in your suffering: I am disturbed, because they have already begun to enter Italy by way
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great

A Treatise on Good Works
I. We ought first to know that there are no good works except those which God has commanded, even as there is no sin except that which God has forbidden. Therefore whoever wishes to know and to do good works needs nothing else than to know God's commandments. Thus Christ says, Matthew xix, "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." And when the young man asks Him, Matthew xix, what he shall do that he may inherit eternal life, Christ sets before him naught else but the Ten Commandments.
Dr. Martin Luther—A Treatise on Good Works

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Proverbs 11:26
People curse the one who hoards grain, but they pray God's blessing on the one who is willing to sell.

Proverbs 17:15
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-- the LORD detests them both.

Isaiah 5:23
who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.

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