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15 In a court of law, do what is just, not unjust. Do not favor one side or the other, the poor or the wealthy; instead, judge your neighbor fairly. 16 Do not go around spreading malicious lies about other people. Do not take a stand that would endanger your neighbor’s life. I am the Eternal One.

17 Do not harbor a deep hatred for any of your relatives. If your neighbor is doing something wrong, correct him or else you could be held responsible for his sin.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 19:17 Meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

15 “‘Do not pervert justice;(A) do not show partiality(B) to the poor or favoritism to the great,(C) but judge your neighbor fairly.(D)

16 “‘Do not go about spreading slander(E) among your people.

“‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life.(F) I am the Lord.

17 “‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart.(G) Rebuke your neighbor frankly(H) so you will not share in their guilt.

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