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Deuteronomy 25:1

    Deuteronomy 25:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    If there be a controversy between men, and they come to judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, and the judges judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    If there is an argument between men and they go to law with one another, let the judges give their decision for the upright, and against the wrongdoer.

    Webster's Revision

    If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, and the judges judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked;

    World English Bible

    If there be a controversy between men, and they come to judgment, and [the judges] judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, and the judges judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked;

    Clarke's Commentary on Deuteronomy 25:1

    They shall justify the righteous - This is a very important passage, and is a key to several others. The word צדק tsadak is used here precisely in the same sense in which St. Paul sometimes uses the corresponding word δικαιοω, not to justify or make just, but to acquit, declare innocent, to remit punishment, or give reasons why such a one should not be punished; so here the magistrates הצדיקו hitsdiku, shall acquit, the righteous - declare him innocent, because he is found to be righteous and not wicked: so the Septuagint: και δικαιωσουσιν τον δικαιον they shall make righteous the righteous - declare him free from blame, not liable to punishment, acquitted; using the same word with St. Paul when he speaks of a sinner's justification, i. e., his acquittance from blame and punishment, because of the death of Christ in his stead.

    Barnes' Notes on Deuteronomy 25:1

    Render it:

    (1) If there be a controversy between men, and they come to judgment, and the judges judge them, and justify the righteous and condemn the wicked (compare the marginal reference. and Exodus 23:7; Proverbs 17:15);

    (2) then it shall be, etc.

    Wesley's Notes on Deuteronomy 25:1

    25:1 Justify - Acquit him from guilt and false accusations, and free him from punishment.