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Exodus 23:6-8

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23:6 “You must not turn away justice for your poor people in their lawsuits. 23:7 Keep your distance 1  from a false charge 2  – do not kill the innocent and the righteous, 3  for I will not justify the wicked. 4 

23:8 “You must not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see 5  and subverts the words of the righteous.

1 tn Or “stay away from,” or “have nothing to do with.”

2 tn Heb “a false matter,” this expression in this context would have to be a case in law that was false or that could only be won by falsehood.

3 tn The two clauses probably should be related: the getting involved in the false charge could lead to the death of an innocent person (so, e.g., Naboth in 1 Kgs 21:10-13).

4 sn God will not declare right the one who is in the wrong. Society should also be consistent, but it cannot see the intents and motives, as God can.

5 tn Heb “blinds the open-eyed.”



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