I guess that both of the Scriptural examples above could serve equally well in this matter. This behavior seems to be happening in a legal case, where one could be tempted to testify against someone else. Either because of a bribe, or a friendship, or some type of obligation, we might be tempted to help a guilty person win their case against an innocent person. However, God sees the truth in each case and will not let the guilty go unpunished.
Do Not Follow the Crowd
We are not to just blindly follow the crowd, especially when they are intent upon doing evil. When giving testimony in a lawsuit, we are not to give false testimony just to fit in with what everyone else is saying. This would be a perversion of justice. In addition, we are not to adjust our testimony to give a poor person a break. Of course we are to be concerned for the needs of the poor, but this does not include exchanging the truth for a lie, even if our intent is to help a poor person. Real justice requires us to tell the truth, without favoritism of any kind.
Do Unto Others...
...as you would like them to do towards you. In this case it includes caring for the property of others, even if you would consider them an enemy. A wandering animal was to be returned to its owner -- even if you do not particularly like that person. In an even more in-your-face act of kindness, if we see an enemy struggling (in this case with an overloaded animal), we are to directly assist them. We are not to turn away or pretend we do not see what is happening. Although this may be awkward, and we may fear that he/she will just rebuke us for our efforts to help, you can not deny that this act of kindness would make a huge impression upon an 'enemy' and perhaps even make him/her begin to want to know more about this God whom you serve.
Four items are mentioned here:
- Don't deny justice to someone just because they are poor.
- Have nothing to do with a false charge.
- Don't put an innocent or honest person to death.
- God will not acquit the guilty. He sees and knows the truth about everything. Even if you can fool everyone else, you can't fool God.
- It blinds those who see. In other words, it causes a person who clearly sees the truth to pretend to be blind to it.
- It twists the words of the righteous. It changes our perception of a righteous person's testimony from a clear presentation to something twisted and evil. In order to accept a bribe, we would have to be willing to mangle an otherwise straightforward testimony and change it into something else.