Parallel Verses

Amplified

Surely oppression and extortion make a wise man foolish, and a bribe destroys the understanding and judgment.

New American Standard Bible

For oppression makes a wise man mad, And a bribe corrupts the heart.

King James Version

Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.

Holman Bible

Surely, the practice of extortion turns a wise person into a fool,
and a bribe destroys the mind.

International Standard Version

Unjust gain makes the wise foolish, and a bribe corrupts the heart.

A Conservative Version

Surely oppression makes the wise man foolish, and a bribe destroys the understanding.

American Standard Version

Surely extortion maketh the wise man foolish; and a bribe destroyeth the understanding.

Bible in Basic English

The wise are troubled by the ways of the cruel, and the giving of money is the destruction of the heart.

Darby Translation

Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad, and a gift destroyeth the heart.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Surely oppression makes a wise man mad, and a gift destroys the heart.

Julia Smith Translation

For oppression will make foolish the wise one; and a gift will destroy the heart.

King James 2000

Surely oppression makes a wise man mad; and a bribe destroys the heart.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Surely oppression makes a fool of the wise, and a bribe corrupts the heart.

Modern King James verseion

Surely oppression makes a wise man mad; and a bribe destroys the heart.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Whoso doeth wrong, maketh a wise man to go out of his wit, and destroyeth a gentle heart.

NET Bible

Surely oppression can turn a wise person into a fool; likewise, a bribe corrupts the heart.

New Heart English Bible

Surely extortion makes the wise man foolish; and a bribe destroys the understanding.

The Emphasized Bible

For, oppression, maddeneth the wise, - and a bribe, destroyeth the understanding.

Webster

Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.

World English Bible

Surely extortion makes the wise man foolish; and a bribe destroys the understanding.

Youngs Literal Translation

Surely oppression maketh the wise mad, And a gift destroyeth the heart.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
עשׁק 
`osheq 
Usage: 15

חכם 
Chakam 
Usage: 137

and a gift
מתּנה 
Mattanah 
gifts, as he is able
Usage: 17

References

Hastings

Context Readings

Wisdom'Although Vulnerable'Is Beneficial

6 For like the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)! 7 Surely oppression and extortion make a wise man foolish, and a bribe destroys the understanding and judgment. 8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning of it, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.


Cross References

Deuteronomy 16:19

You shall not misinterpret or misapply judgment; you shall not be partial, or take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.

Exodus 23:8

You shall take no bribe, for the bribe blinds those who have sight and perverts the testimony and the cause of the righteous.

Proverbs 17:23

A wicked man receives a bribe out of the bosom (pocket) to pervert the ways of justice.

Deuteronomy 28:33-34

A nation which you have not known shall eat up the fruit of your land and of all your labors, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually,

Deuteronomy 28:65

And among these nations you shall find no ease and there shall be no rest for the sole of your foot; but the Lord will give you there a trembling heart, failing of eyes [from disappointment of hope], fainting of mind, and languishing of spirit.

1 Samuel 8:3

His sons did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.

1 Samuel 12:3

Here I am; testify against me before the Lord and Saul His anointed. Whose ox or donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded or oppressed? Or from whose hand have I received any bribe to blind my eyes? Tell me and I will restore it to you.

Proverbs 17:8

A bribe is like a bright, precious stone that dazzles the eyes and affects the mind of him who gives it; [as if by magic] he prospers, whichever way he turns.

Ecclesiastes 4:1

Then I returned and considered all the oppressions that are practiced under the sun: And I beheld the tears of the oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they [too] had no comforter.

Isaiah 1:23

Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes and runs after compensation and rewards. They judge not for the fatherless nor defend them, neither does the cause of the widow come to them [for they delay or turn a deaf ear].

Isaiah 33:15

He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises gain from fraud and from oppression, who shakes his hand free from the taking of bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes to avoid looking upon evil.

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