'Decline' in the Bible
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:
According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.
So Hezekiah answered, "It is easy for the shadow to decline ten steps; no, but let the shadow turn backward ten steps."
For all our days decline because of thy wrath; we end our years according to the word.
Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
Turn aside from the way, decline from the path, Cause to cease from before us the Holy One of Israel.'
And the day began to decline, and the twelve having come near, said to him, 'Let away the multitude, that having gone to the villages and the fields round about, they may lodge and may find provision, because here we are in a desert place.'
and they constrained him, saying, 'Remain with us, for it is toward evening,' and the day did decline, and he went in to remain with them.
But since it is merely a question [of doctrine] about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves; I decline to be a judge of such matters and I have no intention of trying such cases.