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

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Laws of Justice and Mercy

1 "Do not spread false reports.1 Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.2 2 "Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice3 by siding with the crowd,4 3 and do not show favoritism5 to the poor in a lawsuit. 4 "If you come across your enemy's6 ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it.#cr 5 If you see the donkey7 of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help your enemy with it. 6 "Do not deny justice8 to your poor people in their lawsuits. 7 Have nothing to do with a false charge9 and do not put an innocent10 or honest person to death,11 for I will not acquit the guilty.12 8 "Do not accept a bribe,13 for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous. 9 "Do not oppress a foreigner;14 you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.
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