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Proverbs 28:21 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— To have respect of persons is not good; Neither that a man should transgress for a piece of bread.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— To have respect of persons [is] not good: for for a piece of bread [that] man will transgress.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— To show partiality is not good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— To have respect of persons [is] not good: for, for a piece of bread [that] man will transgress.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— To have respect of persons is not good; but for a piece of bread will a man transgress.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— To take note of faces [in judgment], is not good, and, for a bit of bread, a man will transgress.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— To discern faces is not good, And for a piece of bread doth a man transgress.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He that hath respect to a person in judgment, doth not well: such a man even for a morsel of bread forsaketh the truth.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— To haue respect of persons, [is] not good: for, for a piece of bread that man will transgresse.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— He that reverences not the persons of the just is not good: such a one will sell a man for a morsel of bread.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— To have respect of persons [is] not good: for for a piece of bread [that] man will transgress.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
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.).
[is] not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
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).
for for x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
a piece 6595
{6595} Prime
From H6626; a bit.
of bread 3899
{3899} Prime
From H3898; food (for man or beast), especially bread, or grain (for making it).
[that] man 1397
{1397} Prime
From H1396; properly a valiant man or warrior; generally a person simply.
will transgress. 6586
{6586} Prime
A primitive root (rather identical with H6585 through the idea of expansion); to break away (from just authority), that is, trespass, apostatize, quarrel.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 28:21

_ _ respect of persons — (Proverbs 24:23). Such are led to evil by the slightest motive.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 28:21

_ _ Note, 1. It is a fundamental error in the administration of justice, and that which cannot but lead men to abundance of transgression, to consider the parties concerned more than the merits of the cause, so as to favour one because he is a gentleman, a scholar, my countryman, my old acquaintance, has formerly done me a kindness, or may do me one, or is of my party and persuasion, and to bear hard on the other party because he is a stranger, a poor man, has done me an ill turn, is or has been my rival, or is not of my mind, or has voted against me. Judgment is perverted when any consideration of this kind is admitted into the scale, any thing but pure right. 2. Those that are partial will be paltry. Those that have once broken through the bonds of equity, though, at first, it must be some great bribe, some noble present, that would bias them, yet, when they have debauched their consciences, they will, at length, be so sordid that for a piece of bread they will give judgment against their consciences; they will rather play at small game than sit out.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 28:21

For — When a man hath once accustomed himself to take bribes, a very small advantage will make him sell justice.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 28:21

To have respect of persons [is] not good: for for a piece of (k) bread [that] man will transgress.

(k) He will be abused for nothing.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 18:5 [It is] not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
Proverbs 24:23 These [things] also [belong] to the wise. [It is] not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
Exodus 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to [do] evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest [judgment]:
Exodus 23:8 And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.

Erasmus observes that this expression probably originated from the circumstance of holding out a piece of bread to a dog, in order to soothe him.
Ezekiel 13:19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear [your] lies?
Hosea 4:18 Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers [with] shame do love, Give ye.
Micah 3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
Micah 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge [asketh] for a reward; and the great [man], he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
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Ex 23:2, 8. Pv 18:5; 24:23. Ezk 13:19. Ho 4:18. Mi 3:5; 7:3. Ro 16:18. 2P 2:3.

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