Parallel Bible VersionsHebrew Bible Study Tools

Proverbs 24:23 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— These also are [sayings] of the wise. To have respect of persons in judgment is not good.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— These [things] also [belong] to the wise. [It is] not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— These also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— These [things] also [belong] to the wise. [It is] not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— These things also come from the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— These things also, concern the wise, To take note of faces in judgment, is not good.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— These also are for the wise:—To discern faces in judgment is not good.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— These things also to the wise: It is not good to have respect to persons in judgment.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— These things also [belong] to the wise: It is not good to haue respect of persons in iudgement.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And this thing I say to you that are wise [for you] to learn: It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— These [things] also [belong] to the wise. [It is] not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
These x428
(0428) Complement
Prolonged from H0411; these or those.
[things] also x1571
(1571) Complement
By contraction from an unused root meaning to gather; properly assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correlation both... and.
[belong] to the wise. 2450
{2450} Prime
From H2449; wise, (that is, intelligent, skilful or artful).
[It is] not x1077
(1077) Complement
From H1086; properly a failure; by implication nothing; usually (adverbially) not at all; also lest.
good 2896
{2896} Prime
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
to have respect 5234
{5234} Prime
A primitive root; properly to scrutinize, that is, look intently at; hence (with recognition implied), to acknowledge, be acquainted with, care for, respect, revere, or (with suspicion implied), to disregard, ignore, be strange toward, reject, resign, dissimulate (as if ignorant or disowning).
<8687> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 1162
of persons 6440
{6440} Prime
Plural (but always used as a singular) of an unused noun (פָּנֶה paneh, {paw-neh'}; from H6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.).
in judgment. 4941
{4941} Prime
From H8199; properly a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice, including a particular right, or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 24:23

_ _ These ... wise — literally, “are of the wise,” as authors (compare “Psalms of David,” Hebrew). “These” refers to the verses following, Proverbs 24:24-34.

_ _ to have respect — literally, “to discern faces,” show partiality,

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 24:23-26

_ _ Here are lessons for wise men, that is, judges and princes. As subjects must do their duty, and be obedient to magistrates, so magistrates must do their duty in administering justice to their subjects, both in pleas of the crown and causes between party and party. These are lessons for them. 1. They must always weigh the merits of a cause, and not be swayed by any regard, one way or other, to the parties concerned: It is not good in itself, nor can it ever do well, to have respect of persons in judgment; the consequences of it cannot but be the perverting of justice and doing wrong under colour of law and equity. A good judge will know the truth, not know faces, so as to countenance a friend and help him out in a bad cause, or so much as omit any thing that can be said or done in favour of a righteous cause, when it is the cause of an enemy. 2. They must never connive at or encourage wicked people in their wicked practices. Magistrates in their places, and ministers in theirs, are to deal faithfully and the wicked man, though he be a great man or a particular friend, to convict him of his wickedness, to show him what will be in the end thereof, to discover him to others, that they may avoid him. But if those whose office it is thus to show people their transgressions palliate them and connive at them, if they excuse the wicked man, much more if they prefer him and associate with him (which is, in effect, to say, Thou art righteous), they shall justly be looked upon as enemies to the public peace and welfare, which they ought to advance, and the people shall curse them and cry out shame on them; and even those of other nations shall abhor them, as base betrayers of their trust. 3. They must discountenance and give check to all fraud, violence, injustice, and immorality; and, though thereby they may disoblige a particular person, yet they will recommend themselves to the favour of God and man. Let magistrates and ministers, and private persons too that are capable of doing it, rebuke the wicked, that they may bring them to repentance or put them to shame, and they shall have the comfort of it in their own bosoms: To them shall be delight, when their consciences witness for them that they have been witnesses for God; and a good blessing shall come upon them, the blessing of God and good men; they shall be deemed religion's patrons and their country's patriots. See Proverbs 28:23. 4. They must always give judgment according to equity (Proverbs 24:26); they must give a right answer, that is, give their opinion and pass sentence according to law and them true merits of the cause; and every one shall kiss his lips that does so, that is, shall love and honour him, and be subject to his orders, for there is a kiss of allegiance as well as of affection. He that in common conversation likewise speaks pertinently and with sincerity recommends himself to his company and is beloved and respected by all.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 24:23

These — The counsels following, to the end of the chapter, no less than those hitherto mentioned, are worthy of their consideration.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

[[no comment]]

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 107:43 Whoso [is] wise, and will observe these [things], even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.
Ecclesiastes 8:1-5 Who [is] as the wise [man]? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. ... Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.
Hosea 14:9 Who [is] wise, and he shall understand these [things]? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD [are] right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.


Proverbs 18:5 [It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
Proverbs 28:21 To have respect of persons [is] not good: for for a piece of bread [that] man will transgress.
Leviticus 19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: [but] in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
Deuteronomy 1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; [but] ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment [is] God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring [it] unto me, and I will hear it.
Deuteronomy 16:19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.
2 Chronicles 19:7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do [it]: for [there is] no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.
Psalms 82:2-4 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. ... Deliver the poor and needy: rid [them] out of the hand of the wicked.
John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
1 Timothy 5:20-21 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. ... I charge [thee] before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
James 2:4-6 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? ... But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning [here] in fear:
Random Bible VersesNew Quotes

Chain-Reference Bible Search

Lv 19:15. Dt 1:17; 16:19. 2Ch 19:7. Ps 82:2; 107:43. Pv 18:5; 28:21. Ec 8:1. Ho 14:9. Jn 7:24. 1Ti 5:20. Jm 2:4; 3:17. 1P 1:17.

Newest Chat Bible Comment
Comment HereComplete Biblical ResearchComplete Chat Bible Commentary
Please post your comment on Proverbs 24:23.

WWW Chat Bible Commentary

User-Posted Comments on Proverbs 24:23

Recent Chat Bible Comments