Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

Thou shall not follow a multitude to do evil, neither shall thou speak in a case to turn aside after a multitude to distort [justice],

New American Standard Bible

You shall not follow the masses in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice;

King James Version

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

Holman Bible

“You must not follow a crowd in wrongdoing. Do not testify in a lawsuit and go along with a crowd to pervert justice.

International Standard Version

You are not to follow the majority in doing wrong, and you are not to testify in a lawsuit so as to follow the majority and pervert justice.

American Standard Version

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to turn aside after a multitude to wrest justice :

Amplified

You shall not follow a crowd to do [something] evil, nor shall you testify at a trial or in a dispute so as to side with a crowd in order to pervert justice;

Bible in Basic English

Do not be moved to do wrong by the general opinion, or give the support of your words to a wrong decision:

Darby Translation

Thou shalt not follow the multitude for evil; neither shalt thou answer in a cause, to go after the multitude to pervert judgment.

Julia Smith Translation

Thou shalt not be after multitudes for evil; thou shalt not answer for the multitude to stretch out after multitudes to pervert justice.

King James 2000

You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you testify in a dispute to follow after a crowd to pervert judgment:

Lexham Expanded Bible

You will not {follow} a majority for evil, and you will not testify concerning a legal dispute to turn aside after a majority to pervert [justice].

Modern King James verseion

You shall not follow a multitude to do evil. Neither shall you speak in a cause in order to follow many in order to wrest judgment.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil: neither answer in a matter of plea that thou wouldest, to follow many, turn aside from the truth;

NET Bible

"You must not follow a crowd in doing evil things; in a lawsuit you must not offer testimony that agrees with a crowd so as to pervert justice,

New Heart English Bible

You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; neither shall you testify in court to side with a multitude to pervert justice;

The Emphasized Bible

Thou shalt not follow multitudes to commit wickedness, - neither shalt thou answer in a quarrel, so as to turn away after multitudes to mislead,

Webster

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

World English Bible

"You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; neither shall you testify in court to side with a multitude to pervert justice;

Youngs Literal Translation

Thou art not after many to evil, nor dost thou testify concerning a strife, to turn aside after many to cause others to turn aside;

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
אחר 
'achar 
Usage: 488

to do evil
רעה רע 
Ra` 
Usage: 669

ענה 
`anah 
Usage: 329

in a cause
רב ריב 
Riyb 
Usage: 60

אחר 
'achar 
Usage: 488

רב 
Rab 
Usage: 458

References

Smith

Watsons

Context Readings

Regulations Regarding Justice

1 Thou shall not take up a FALSE report. Do not put thy hand with the wicked man to be an unrighteous witness. 2 Thou shall not follow a multitude to do evil, neither shall thou speak in a case to turn aside after a multitude to distort [justice], 3 neither shall thou favor a poor man in his case.


Cross References

Exodus 23:6-7

Thou shall not distort the justice [due] to thy poor in his case.

Leviticus 19:15

Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment. Thou shall not respect the person of the poor man, nor honor the person of the mighty man, but thou shall judge thy neighbor in righteousness.

Deuteronomy 1:17

Ye shall not respect persons in judgment. Ye shall hear the small and the great alike. Ye shall not be afraid of the face of man, for the judgment is God's. And the case that is too hard for you ye shall bring to me, and I will hea

Genesis 6:12

And God saw the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

Genesis 7:1

And LORD said to Noah, Come, thou and all thy house into the ark, for I have seen thee righteous before me in this generation.

Genesis 19:4

But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, encompassed the house around, both young and old, all the people from every quarter.

Genesis 19:7-9

And he said, I pray you, my brothers, do not so wickedly.

Exodus 32:1-5

And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mount, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron, and said to him, Up, make gods for us, which shall go before us. For as for this Moses, the man that brought

Numbers 14:1-10

And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried, and the people wept that night.

Deuteronomy 16:19

Thou shall not distort justice. Thou shall not respect persons, neither shall thou take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise, and perverts the words of the righteous.

Deuteronomy 24:17

Thou shall not distort the justice [due] to the sojourner, [or] to the fatherless, nor take the widow's raiment to pledge,

Joshua 24:15

And if it seems evil to you to serve LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell. But as for me and my hou

1 Samuel 15:9

But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them. But everything that was vile and refuse, that they dest

1 Kings 19:10

And he said, I have been very jealous for LORD, the God of hosts. For the sons of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword. And I, even I only, am left, and they seek my lif

Job 31:34

because I feared the great multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me so that I kept silence, and did not go out of the door--

Psalm 72:2

He will judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with justice.

Proverbs 1:10-11

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

Proverbs 1:15

My son, walk not thou in the way with them. Restrain thy foot from their path.

Proverbs 4:14

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and walk not in the way of evil men.

Jeremiah 37:15

And the rulers were angry with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe, for they had made that the prison.

Jeremiah 37:21

Then Zedekiah the king commanded, and they committed Jeremiah into the court of the guard. And they gave him a loaf of bread daily out of the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city was spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the

Jeremiah 38:5-6

And Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand, for the king is not he who can do anything against you.

Jeremiah 38:9

My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet whom they have cast into the dungeon. And he is likely to die in the place where he is because of the famine, for there is no more bread

Ezekiel 9:9

Then he said to me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness. For they say, LORD has forsaken the land, and LORD does not see.

Haggai 1:4

Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lays waste?

Matthew 27:24-26

And when Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather an uproar was developing, after taking water, he washed his hands in front of the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this righteous man. See ye to it.

Mark 15:15

And Pilate, wanting to do what was sufficent for the crowd, released Barabbas to them. And he delivered Jesus, after scourging, so that he might be crucified.

Luke 23:23-24

But they were relentless with loud voices demanding him to be crucified. And their voices and those of the chief priests prevailed.

Luke 23:51

(this man not having consented to their purpose and deed), was from Arimathaea, a city of the Jews, who also himself awaited the kingdom of God.

John 7:50-51

Nicodemus says to them (he who came to him by night, being one of them),

Acts 24:27

But two years having been fulfilled, Felix received a successor, Porcius Festus. And wanting to lay down favors to the Jews, Felix left behind Paul bound.

Acts 25:9

But Festus, wanting to lay down a favor to the Jews, having answered Paul, said, Are thou willing, after going up to Jerusalem, to be judged there about these things before me?

Romans 1:32

Who, knowing the righteousness of God, that those who commit such things are worthy of death, not only do them, but also favor those who do.

Galatians 2:11-13

But when Peter came to Antioch I opposed him to the face, because he was blameworthy.

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