Exodus 23:1-9 (New International Reader's Version)

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Laws About Mercy and Fairness

1 "Do not spread reports that are false. Do not help an evil person by telling lies in court. 2 "Do not follow the crowd when they do what is wrong. When you are a witness in court, do not turn what is right into wrong. Do not go along with the crowd. 3 Do not show favor to a poor person in court. 4 "Suppose you come across your enemy's ox or donkey wandering away. Then be sure to take it back to him 5 "Suppose you see that the donkey of someone who hates you has fallen down under its load. Then do not leave it there. Be sure you help him with it. 6 "Be fair to your poor people in their court cases. 7 Do not have anything to do with a charge that is false. Do not put to death those who are not guilty of doing anything wrong. I will not let those who are guilty go free. 8 "Do not take money from people who want special favors. It makes you blind to the truth. It twists the words of godly people. 9 "Do not beat an outsider down. You yourselves know how it feels to be outsiders. Remember, you were outsiders in Egypt.
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