Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.
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You must not pervert justice or show favor. Do not take a bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and distort the words of the righteous.
1 Samuel 8:3
But his sons did not follow his ways. Instead, they made money dishonestly, accepted bribes, and perverted justice.
1 Samuel 12:3
Here I am. Bring a charge against me before the Lord and before his chosen king. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I wronged? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I taken a bribe so that I would overlook something? Tell me, and I will return it to you!"
who are always ready to do wrong or offer a bribe.
The one who is greedy for gain troubles his household, but whoever hates bribes will live.
A bribe works like a charm for the one who offers it; in whatever he does he succeeds.
Wealth adds many friends, but a poor person is separated from his friend.
Surely oppression can turn a wise person into a fool; likewise, a bribe corrupts the heart.
Do not bring any more meaningless offerings; I consider your incense detestable! You observe new moon festivals, Sabbaths, and convocations, but I cannot tolerate sin-stained celebrations!
They pronounce the guilty innocent for a payoff, they ignore the just cause of the innocent.
They take bribes within you to shed blood. You engage in usury and charge interest; you extort money from your neighbors. You have forgotten me, declares the sovereign Lord.
They consume their alcohol, then engage in cult prostitution; they dearly love their shameful behavior.
Certainly I am aware of your many rebellious acts and your numerous sins. You torment the innocent, you take bribes, and you deny justice to the needy at the city gate.
They are determined to be experts at doing evil; government officials and judges take bribes, prominent men make demands, and they all do what is necessary to satisfy them.
"'You must not deal unjustly in judgment: you must neither show partiality to the poor nor honor the rich. You must judge your fellow citizen fairly.
Cursed is the one who perverts justice for the resident foreigner, the orphan, and the widow.' Then all the people will say, 'Amen!'
A wicked person receives a bribe secretly to pervert the ways of justice.