3 and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit.

Other Translations of Exodus 23:3

King James Version

3 Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause.

English Standard Version

3 nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit.

The Message

3 And just because someone is poor, don't show favoritism in a dispute.

New King James Version

3 You shall not show partiality to a poor man in his dispute.

New Living Translation

3 And do not slant your testimony in favor of a person just because that person is poor.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Exodus 23:3

Commentary on Exodus 23:1-9

(Read Exodus 23:1-9)

In the law of Moses are very plain marks of sound moral feeling, and of true political wisdom. Every thing in it is suited to the desired and avowed object, the worship of one only God, and the separation of Israel from the pagan world. Neither parties, friends, witnesses, nor common opinions, must move us to lessen great faults, to aggravate small ones, excuse offenders, accuse the innocent, or misrepresent any thing.