Parallel Verses

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.

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.

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],

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 evil; nor shall you bear witness at a trial so as to side with a multitude 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:

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause hiding behind many to wrest 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 shalt not accept a false report; extend not thy hand to the wicked, to be an unrighteous witness. 2 Thou shalt not follow the multitude for evil; neither shalt thou answer in a cause, to go after the multitude to pervert judgment. 3 Neither shalt thou favour a poor man in his cause.


Cross References

Exodus 23:6-7

Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

Leviticus 19:15

Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment; thou shalt not respect the person of the lowly, nor honour the person of the great; in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

Deuteronomy 1:17

Ye shall not respect persons in judgment: 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 matter that is too hard for you shall ye bring to me, that I may hear it.

Genesis 6:12

And God looked upon the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its way on the earth.

Genesis 7:1

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

Genesis 19:4

Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, from the youngest to the oldest all the people from every quarter.

Genesis 19:7-9

and said, I pray you, my brethren, do not wickedly!

Exodus 32:1-5

And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people collected together to Aaron, and said to him, Up, make us a god, who will go before us; for this Moses, the man that has brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what is become of him!

Numbers 14:1-10

And the whole assembly lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.

Deuteronomy 16:19

Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a bribe; for the bribe blindeth the eyes of the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.

Deuteronomy 24:17

Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, or of the fatherless; and thou shalt not take in pledge a widow's garment.

Joshua 24:15

And if it seem evil unto you to serve Jehovah, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods whom your fathers that were on the other side of the river served, or the gods of the Amorite, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah.

1 Samuel 15:9

And Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep and oxen, and beasts of the second bearing, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not devote them to destruction; but everything that was mean and weak, that they destroyed utterly.

1 Kings 19:10

And he said, I have been very jealous for Jehovah the God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I am left, I alone, and they seek my life, to take it away.

Job 31:34

Because I feared the great multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and went not out of the door, ...

Psalm 72:2

He will judge thy people with righteousness, and thine afflicted with judgment.

Proverbs 1:10-11

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent not.

Proverbs 1:15

my son, walk not in the way with them, keep back thy foot from their path;

Proverbs 4:14

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men:

Jeremiah 37:15

And the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in the place of confinement 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 daily a loaf of bread out of the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city was spent. And Jeremiah abode in the court of the guard.

Jeremiah 38:5-6

And king Zedekiah said, Behold, he is in your hand; for the king is not he that can do a thing against you.

Jeremiah 38:9

My lord, O king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to the prophet Jeremiah, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he will die by reason of the famine in the place where he is; for there is no more bread in the city.

Ezekiel 9:9

And he said unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness; for they say, Jehovah hath forsaken the earth, and Jehovah seeth not.

Haggai 1:4

Is it time for you that ye should dwell in your wainscoted houses, while this house lieth waste?

Matthew 27:24-26

And Pilate, seeing that it availed nothing, but that rather a tumult was arising, having taken water, washed his hands before the crowd, saying, I am guiltless of the blood of this righteous one: see ye to it.

Mark 15:15

And Pilate, desirous of contenting the crowd, released to them Barabbas, and delivered up Jesus, when he had scourged him, that he might be crucified.

Luke 23:23-24

But they were urgent with loud voices, begging that he might be crucified. And their voices and those of the chief priests prevailed.

Luke 23:51

(this man had not assented to their counsel and deed), of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews, who also waited, himself also, for the kingdom of God

John 7:50-51

Nicodemus says to them (being one of themselves),

Acts 24:27

But when two years were completed, Felix was relieved by Porcius Festus as his successor; and Felix, desirous to oblige the Jews, to acquire their favour, left Paul bound.

Acts 25:9

But Festus, desirous of obliging the Jews, to acquire their favour, answering Paul, said, Art thou willing to go up to Jerusalem, there to be judged before me concerning these things?

Romans 1:32

who knowing the righteous judgment of God, that they who do such things are worthy of death, not only practise them, but have fellow delight in those who do them.

Galatians 2:11-13

But when Peter came to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be condemned:

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