17 (A)For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the (B)Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, (C)who does not show partiality, nor (D)take a bribe.

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19 (A)You shall not distort justice, (B)you shall not [a]show partiality; and (C)you shall not accept a bribe, because a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and distorts the words of the righteous.

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 16:19 Lit recognize faces

17 (A)You shall not pervert the justice [a]due a stranger or [b]an orphan, nor (B)seize a widow’s garment as a [c]pledge.

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 24:17 Lit of
  2. Deuteronomy 24:17 Or the fatherless
  3. Deuteronomy 24:17 I.e., for a loan

Reforms Instituted

He appointed (A)judges in the land in all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city. He said to the judges, “Consider what you are doing, for (B)you do not judge for mankind but for the Lord who is with you [a]when you render judgment.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Chronicles 19:6 Lit in the word of judgment

23 These also are (A)sayings of the wise:
To [a](B)show partiality in judgment is not good.
24 One (C)who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
(D)Peoples will curse him, nations will scold him;
25 But (E)for those who rebuke the wicked there will be delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.
26 One who gives [b]a right answer
Kisses the lips.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 24:23 Lit regard the face
  2. Proverbs 24:26 Or an honest

Gentiles Hear Good News

34 (A)Opening his mouth, Peter said:

“I most certainly understand now that (B)God is not one to show partiality,

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The Sin of Partiality

(A)My brothers and sisters, (B)do not hold your faith in our (C)glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of (D)personal favoritism.

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But if you (A)show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the Law as violators.

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