Proverbs 28:21

21 To show partiality is not good— yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.

Read Proverbs 28:21 Using Other Translations

To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
To show partiality is not good, but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
Showing partiality is never good, yet some will do wrong for a mere piece of bread.

What does Proverbs 28:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 28:21

To have respect of persons [is] not good, &c,
In courts of judicature, to give a cause or pass sentence in favour of a person, because he is rich, or is a relation, a friend, an acquaintance, or has done a kindness; and against another, because of the reverse, ( Leviticus 19:15 ) ( Deuteronomy 16:19 ) ; nor in religious assemblies, making a difference between the rich and the poor, ( James 2:1 James 2:2 ) ; this is not good in itself, nor productive of good effects, and cannot be well pleasing to God, who himself is no respecter of persons; for for a piece of bread [that] man will transgress;
the laws of God and men; having used himself to such unrighteous methods of proceeding, he will do any base action for a small gain, he will stick at nothing, and do it for anything; as Cato used to say of M. Coelius the tribune,

``that he might be hired, for a morsel of bread, to speak or hold his peace;''
see ( Ezekiel 13:19 ) .
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