A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.
A man's gift makes room for him And brings him before great men.
A gift in secret subdues anger, And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.
For oppression makes a wise man mad, And a bribe corrupts the heart.
"You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of the just.
The king gives stability to the land by justice, But a man who takes bribes overthrows it.
To show partiality is not good, Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
In whose hands is a wicked scheme, And whose right hand is full of bribes.
A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.
'Cursed is he who accepts a bribe to strike down an innocent person.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
"Men give gifts to all harlots, but you give your gifts to all your lovers to bribe them to come to you from every direction for your harlotries.
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