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Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.
King James Bible
Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.
American Standard Version
Surely extortion maketh the wise man foolish; and a bribe destroyeth the understanding.
Young's Literal Translation
Surely oppression maketh the wise mad, And a gift destroyeth the heart.
Ecclesiastes 7:7 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Oppression maketh a wise man mad - This has been translated with good show of reason, "Surely oppression shall give lustre to a wise man: but a gift corrupteth the heart."
The chief difference here is in the word יהולל yeholel, which, from the root הלל halal, signiffes to glister, irradiate, as well as to move briskly, to be mad, furious, in a rage; and certainly the former meaning suits this place best. We cannot think that the wise man - he that is truly religious, (for this is its meaning in the language of Solomon), can be made mad by any kind of oppression; but as he trusts in God, so in patience he possesses his soul.
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Deuteronomy 28:33,34,65 The fruit of your land, and all your labors, shall a nation which you know not eat up...
Exodus 23:8 And you shall take no gift: for the gift blinds the wise, and perverts the words of the righteous.
Deuteronomy 16:19 You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift does blind the eyes of the wise...
1 Samuel 8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
1 Samuel 12:3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose donkey have I taken?...
Proverbs 17:23 A wicked man takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
Isaiah 1:23 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loves gifts, and follows after rewards: they judge not the fatherless...
Isaiah 33:15 He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppressions, that shakes his hands from holding of bribes...
Ecclesiastes 7:7 Parallel CommentariesBribe Corrupts Cruel Destroyeth Destroys Destruction Extortion Fool Foolish Gift Heart Mad Makes Maketh Mind Money Oppression Surely Troubled Turneth Turns Understanding Ways WiseBribe Corrupts Cruel Destroyeth Destroys Destruction Extortion Fool Foolish Gift Heart Mad Makes Maketh Mind Money Oppression Surely Troubled Turneth Turns Understanding Ways WiseTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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Exodus 23:8 "Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.
Deuteronomy 16:19 Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent.
Proverbs 17:8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it; they think success will come at every turn.
Proverbs 17:23 The wicked accept bribes in secret to pervert the course of justice.
Ecclesiastes 4:1 Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed-- and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors-- and they have no comforter.
Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still.
Ecclesiastes 8:9 All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun. There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own hurt.