Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

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

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.

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.

Amplified

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

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 burning thorns under the pot,
so is the laughter of the fool.
This too is futile.
7 Surely, the practice of extortion turns a wise person into a fool,
and a bribe destroys the mind.
8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning;
a patient spirit is better than a proud spirit.


Cross References

Deuteronomy 16:19

Do not deny justice or show partiality to anyone. Do not accept a bribe, for it blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.

Exodus 23:8

You must not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and corrupts the words of the righteous.

Proverbs 17:23

A wicked man secretly takes a bribe
to subvert the course of justice.

Deuteronomy 28:33-34

A people you don’t know will eat your land’s produce and everything you have labored for. You will only be oppressed and crushed continually.

Deuteronomy 28:65

You will find no peace among those nations, and there will be no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and a despondent spirit.

1 Samuel 8:3

However, his sons did not walk in his ways—they turned toward dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice.

1 Samuel 12:3

Here I am. Bring charges against me before the Lord and His anointed: Whose ox or donkey have I taken? Whom have I wronged or mistreated? From whose hand have I taken a bribe to overlook something? I will return it to you.”

Proverbs 17:8

A bribe seems like a magic stone to its owner;
wherever he turns, he succeeds.

Ecclesiastes 4:1

Again, I observed all the acts of oppression being done under the sun. Look at the tears of those who are oppressed; they have no one to comfort them. Power is with those who oppress them; they have no one to comfort them.

Isaiah 1:23

Your rulers are rebels,
friends of thieves.
They all love graft
and chase after bribes.
They do not defend the rights of the fatherless,
and the widow’s case never comes before them.

Isaiah 33:15

The one who lives righteously
and speaks rightly,
who refuses gain from extortion,
whose hand never takes a bribe,
who stops his ears from listening to murderous plots
and shuts his eyes to avoid endorsing evil

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