"Don't pass on malicious gossip.
Don't go along with the crowd in doing evil and don't fudge your testimony in a case just to please the crowd.
And just because someone is poor, don't show favoritism in a dispute.
"If you find your enemy's ox or donkey loose, take it back to him.
If you see the donkey of someone who hates you lying helpless under its load, don't walk off and leave it. Help it up.
"When there is a dispute concerning your poor, don't tamper with the justice due them.
"Stay clear of false accusations. Don't contribute to the death of innocent and good people. I don't let the wicked off the hook.
"Don't take bribes. Bribes blind perfectly good eyes and twist the speech of good people.
"Don't take advantage of a stranger. You know what it's like to be a stranger; you were strangers in Egypt.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)