Biblical Principle #243: Israel’s Judges to Rule Justly

Biblical Principles List


Under the Law of Moses, God instructed Israel’s judges to maintain justice and never accept bribes.


We have previously established that:

GOD also instructed, through the Law, that Israel’s judges were to behave justly, maintain righteous judgments, not perverting justice or accepting bribes.

Here are some passages that speak to this in the Law:

18 “You shall appoint judges and teachers in all the cities the Lord your God gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with just judgment. 19 They shall not pervert judgment; they shall not show partiality, nor take a bribe; for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. 20 You shall pursue what is altogether just, that you may live and go in and inherit the land the Lord your God gives you.

Deuteronomy 16:18-20 OSB

8 You shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes and corrupts just pronouncements.

Exodus 23:8 OSB

15 ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor admire the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor.

Leviticus 19:15 OSB

17 “You shall not pervert judgment due the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, nor take a widow’s garment as a pledge. 18 But you shall remember you were a servant in Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore, I command you to do this thing.

Deuteronomy 24:17-18 OSB

GOD tells the truth. GOD is truth. GOD is just.

Therefore, GOD expects His children to be just, as He also is just.

As Solomon wrote:

29 He who receives bribes utterly destroys himself,
But he who hates the receiving of bribes saves himself.

Proverbs 15:29 [27] OSB


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