Exodus 23:2
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New International Version
"Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,


New American Standard Bible
"You shall not follow the masses in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice;


King James Bible
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:


Holman Christian Standard Bible
You must not follow a crowd in wrongdoing. Do not testify in a lawsuit and go along with a crowd to pervert justice.


International Standard Version
You are not to follow the majority in doing wrong, and you are not to testify in a lawsuit so as to follow the majority and pervert justice.


American Standard Version
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to turn aside after a multitude to wrest justice :


Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt not follow the multitude to do evil: neither shalt thou yield in judgment, to the opinion of the most part, to stray from the truth.


Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt not follow the multitude for evil; neither shalt thou answer in a cause, to go after the multitude to pervert judgment.


Young's Literal Translation
Thou art not after many to evil, nor dost thou testify concerning a strife, to turn aside after many to cause others to turn aside;
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Context
Justice and Mercy

1You shall not raise a false report: put not your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. 2You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment: 3Neither shall you countenance a poor man in his cause. 4If you meet your enemy's ox or his ass going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again. 5If you see the ass of him that hates you lying under his burden, and would forbear to help him, you shall surely help with him. 6You shall not wrest the judgment of your poor in his cause. 7Keep you far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay you not: for I will not justify the wicked. 8And you shall take no gift: for the gift blinds the wise, and perverts the words of the righteous. 9Also you shall not oppress a stranger: for you know the heart of a stranger, seeing you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Cross References
Exodus 23:6
You shall not wrest the judgment of your poor in his cause.


Deuteronomy 16:19
You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift does blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.


Deuteronomy 24:17
You shall not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow's raiment to pledge:


Job 31:34
Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?


Proverbs 18:5
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.


Treasury of Scripture

You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

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Exodus 32:1-5 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron...

Genesis 6:12 And God looked on the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way on the earth.

Genesis 7:1 And the LORD said to Noah, Come you and all your house into the ark; for you have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

Genesis 19:4,7-9 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young...

Numbers 14:1-10 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night...

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve...

1 Samuel 15:9 But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatted calves, and the lambs...

1 Kings 19:10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant...

Job 31:34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?

Proverbs 1:10,11,15 My son, if sinners entice you, consent you not...

Proverbs 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

Matthew 27:24-26 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water...

Mark 15:15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas to them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him...

Luke 23:23,24,51 And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified...

John 7:50,51 Nicodemus said to them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)...

Acts 24:27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix' room: and Felix, willing to show the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.

Acts 25:9 But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Will you go up to Jerusalem...

Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same...

Galatians 2:11-13 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed...

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Exodus 23:6,7 You shall not wrest the judgment of your poor in his cause...

Leviticus 19:15 You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: you shall not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty...

Deuteronomy 1:17 You shall not respect persons in judgment; but you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid of the face of man...

Psalm 72:2 He shall judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with judgment.

Jeremiah 37:15,21 Why the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe...

Jeremiah 38:5,6,9 Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand: for the king is not he that can do any thing against you...

Ezekiel 9:9 Then said he to me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood...

Haggai 1:4 Is it time for you, O you, to dwell in your paneled houses, and this house lie waste?

Strong's Concordance
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to [do] evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest [judgment]:
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