New International Version
To show partiality is not good-- yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.
King James Bible
To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
Darby Bible Translation
To have respect of persons is not good; but for a piece of bread will a man transgress.
World English Bible
To show partiality is not good; yet a man will do wrong for a piece of bread.
Young's Literal Translation
To discern faces is not good, And for a piece of bread doth a man transgress.
Proverbs 28:21 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
for Erasmus observes that this expression probably originated from the circumstance of holding out a piece of bread to a dog in order to soothe him.
LibraryTwo Coverings and Two Consequences
A Sermon (No. 3500) by C. H. Spurgeon, April 4th, 1875, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. Published February 24th, 1916. "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper."--Proverbs 28:13. "Thou Hast covered all their sins."--Psalm 85:2. In these two texts we have man's covering, which is worthless and culpable, and God's covering, which is profitable and worthy of all acceptation. No sooner had man disobeyed his Maker's will in the garden of Eden than he discovered to his surprise and dismay …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
He Does Battle for the Faith; He Restores Peace among those who were at Variance; He Takes in Hand to Build a Stone Church.
"And There is None that Calleth Upon Thy Name, that Stirreth up Himself to Take Hold on Thee,"
God's Law Immutable
It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice.
These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:
You have profaned me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. By lying to my people, who listen to lies, you have killed those who should not have died and have spared those who should not live.
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