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Proverbs 24:23 & meaning...


also are sayings of the wise. To show partiality in judgment is not good.

Proverbs 24:23


Proverbs 24 [20.] for there will be no reward to the evil man;

    and the lamp of the wicked shall be snuffed out.

My son, fear Yahweh and the king.

    Don’t join those who are rebellious:

for their calamity will rise suddenly;

    the destruction from them both—who knows?

These also are sayings of the wise.

To show partiality in judgment is not good.

He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous”;

    peoples shall curse him, and nations shall abhor him—

Proverbs 24 [25.] but it will go well with those who convict the guilty,

    and a rich blessing will come on them.


In this concise proverb, the wise author highlights the detrimental effects of showing partiality or favoritism in matters of judgment and decision-making. The phrase "sayings of the wise" underscores the wisdom and insight contained in the book of Proverbs, which offers practical guidance for living wisely and righteously in various aspects of life.

The principle of impartiality in judgment is a recurring theme throughout the book of Proverbs and the broader biblical wisdom tradition. The Bible consistently emphasizes the importance of treating all individuals fairly and justly, regardless of their social status, wealth, or influence (Deuteronomy 1:17; Proverbs 18:5; James 2:1-9).

Partiality in judgment can manifest in various forms, including showing favoritism to the rich or powerful, discriminating against the poor or marginalized, or allowing personal biases and prejudices to influence decision-making. Such partiality undermines the principles of justice, integrity, and righteousness that are essential for maintaining a just and harmonious society.

Moreover, the consequences of showing partiality in judgment extend beyond the immediate situation and can have far-reaching implications for individuals and communities. It erodes trust in the legal system, fosters resentment and injustice, and perpetuates inequality and oppression (Proverbs 28:21; James 5:1-6).

In the broader context of biblical wisdom literature, the principle of impartiality in judgment reflects God's character and His standard of justice. God is depicted as a righteous judge who shows no partiality and who executes justice with fairness and equity (Deuteronomy 10:17; Psalm 82:2-4). As His image-bearers, we are called to reflect His justice and righteousness in our interactions with others (Micah 6:8; Matthew 23:23).

As we reflect on Proverbs 24:23, we are challenged to examine our own attitudes and behaviors toward others, particularly in situations where we are called upon to make judgments or decisions. Are we treating all individuals with fairness, dignity, and respect, regardless of their background or circumstances? Are we guarding against the subtle influence of personal biases and prejudices in our interactions?

Furthermore, this verse serves as a reminder of the importance of upholding principles of justice and righteousness in society. As followers of God's wisdom, we are called to advocate for justice, stand up for the oppressed, and work toward the establishment of a society where all individuals are treated with fairness and equality (Isaiah 1:17; Amos 5:24).

In conclusion, Proverbs 24:23 underscores the importance of impartiality in judgment and decision-making. It challenges us to strive for fairness, integrity, and justice in all our interactions and to uphold these principles in our personal lives and in society at large. May we heed the wisdom of this proverb and seek to live as agents of God's justice and righteousness in the world.

PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible


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