Ecclesiastes 7:7
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New International Version
Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.

New Living Translation
Extortion turns wise people into fools, and bribes corrupt the heart.

English Standard Version
Surely oppression drives the wise into madness, and a bribe corrupts the heart.

New American Standard Bible
For oppression makes a wise man mad, And a bribe corrupts the heart.

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

Holman Christian Standard 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.

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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Oppression can turn a wise person into a fool, and a bribe can corrupt the mind.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Surely oppression turneth a wise man into a fool; And a gift destroyeth the understanding.

New American Standard 1977
For oppression makes a wise man mad,
            And a bribe corrupts the heart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Surely oppression makes a wise man mad, and a gift destroys the heart.

King James 2000 Bible
Surely oppression makes a wise man mad; and a bribe destroys the heart.

American King James Version
Surely oppression makes a wise man mad; and a gift destroys the heart.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Oppression troubleth the wise, and shall destroy the strength of his heart.

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

English Revised Version
Surely extortion maketh a wise man foolish; and a gift destroyeth the understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Young's Literal Translation
Surely oppression maketh the wise mad, And a gift destroyeth the heart.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:7-10 The event of our trials and difficulties is often better than at first we thought. Surely it is better to be patient in spirit, than to be proud and hasty. Be not soon angry, nor quick in resenting an affront. Be not long angry; though anger may come into the bosom of a wise man, it passes through it as a way-faring man; it dwells only in the bosom of fools. It is folly to cry out upon the badness of our times, when we have more reason to cry out for the badness of our own hearts; and even in these times we enjoy many mercies. It is folly to cry up the goodness of former times; as if former ages had not the like things to complain of that we have: this arises from discontent, and aptness to quarrel with God himself.
Study Bible
The Value of Wisdom
6For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility. 7For oppression makes a wise man mad, And a bribe corrupts the heart. 8The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:8
"You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of the just.

Deuteronomy 16:19
"You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.

Proverbs 17:8
A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.

Proverbs 17:23
A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.

Ecclesiastes 4:1
Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.

Ecclesiastes 5:8
If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them.

Ecclesiastes 8:9
All this I have seen and applied my mind to every deed that has been done under the sun wherein a man has exercised authority over another man to his hurt.
Treasury of Scripture

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Proverbs 17:23 A wicked man takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

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