Exodus 23:1-9 CSB

Laws about Honesty and Justice

1 "You must not spread a false report. Do not joina the wicked to be a malicious witness.b

References for Exodus 23:1

    • a 23:1 - Lit join hands with
    • b 23:1 - Dt 19:16-17; Ps 35:11
      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

      References for Exodus 23:5

        • c 23:5 - Or load, you must refrain from leaving it to him; you must set it free with him
          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.

          References for Exodus 23:8

            • d 23:8 - Or and subverts the cause
              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.