SynopsisIn this passage, Moses instructs the Israelites to set up judges in every town in the Promised Land. These judges are to be impartial, not perverting justice, and they are not to accept bribes, “for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous” (verse 19). They are to “follow justice and justice alone” (verse 20), so that the LORD will continue to allow them to live, and possess the land He is giving them.
ThoughtsThis is a short passage, and I don’t have much to say about it.
In this case, Moses isn’t giving a recap of existing rules. This is the first time he’s talking to the Israelites about setting up judges, in the Promised Land.