Proverbs 24:24

24 Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"- people will curse him, and tribes will denounce him;[a]

Proverbs 24:24 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 24:24

He that saith unto the wicked, Thou [art] righteous
Not in a private way, or as giving his opinion or character of a man that is wicked, whom either through ignorance or flattery another may call righteous; which may be done and not resented by people and nations; but in an open court of judicature pronounced by the judge, justifying the wicked for reward, and condemning the just, which is an abomination unto the Lord; see ( Proverbs 17:15 ) ( Isaiah 5:23 ) ; nor should the ministers of the Gospel flatter the wicked, and call them righteous and good men, and strengthen their hands in their wickedness, promising them life though they continue in their evil ways; for though God justifies the ungodly, man should not; nor does he justify them in, but from, their ungodliness; see ( Ezekiel 13:2 ) ; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him;
the people of the land shall curse him as an unjust judge, as a patron of wickedness aunt wicked men; as an enemy to justice, and a discourager of truth and honesty, and all good men; and even nations that have not so immediate a concern in the affair, yet hearing of it shall express their indignation at him and abhorrence of him.

Proverbs 24:24 In-Context

22 for their destruction will come suddenly; who knows what disaster these two can bring?
23 These [sayings] also belong to the wise: It is not good to show partiality in judgment.
24 Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent"- people will curse him, and tribes will denounce him;
25 but it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and a generous blessing will come to them.
26 He who gives an honest answer gives a kiss on the lips.

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