Proverbs 24:23

ESV These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good.
NIV These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good:
NASB These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judgment is not good.
CSB These sayings also belong to the wise: It is not good to show partiality in judgment.
NLT Here are some further sayings of the wise: It is wrong to show favoritism when passing judgment.
KJV These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

What does Proverbs 24:23 mean?

This begins another series of sound teachings. The first statement of wisdom ties to the theme of justice (Proverbs 24:24–25). Other proverbs made similar comments about the importance of judicial integrity (Proverbs 1:1–7; 17:23; 18:5; 21:3). Solomon was not only Israel's king but also the nation's judge. As such, he was obligated to decide cases wisely and administer justice equitably.

Deuteronomy 1:17 is part of Moses' reminder that Israel's judges were supposed to be impartial when deciding cases. This verse reads: "You shall not be partial in judgment. You shall hear the small and the great alike. You shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God's. And the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it." Deuteronomy 16:19 provides another command to judge impartially. This verse stipulates: "You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous." These injunctions provide wise counsel for today's judges, as well.
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