Exodus 23:1-9 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Laws about Honesty and Justice

1 "You must not spread a false report. Do not joina the wicked to be a malicious witness.b 2 "You must not follow a crowd in wrongdoing. Do not testify in a lawsuit and go along with a crowd to pervert [justice]. 3 Do not show favoritism to a poor person in his lawsuit. 4 "If you come across your enemy's stray ox or donkey, you must return it to him. 5 "If you see the donkey of someone who hates you lying [helpless] under its load, and you want to refrain from helping it, you must help with it.c 6 "You must not deny justice to the poor among you in his lawsuit. 7 Stay far away from a false accusation. Do not kill the innocent and the just, because I will not justify the guilty. 8 You must not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and corrupts the wordsd of the righteous. 9 You must not oppress a foreign resident; you yourselves know how it feels to be a foreigner because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.
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