Proverbs 17:23
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New International Version
The wicked accept bribes in secret to pervert the course of justice.

New Living Translation
The wicked take secret bribes to pervert the course of justice.

English Standard Version
The wicked accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice.

New American Standard Bible
A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.

King James Bible
A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wicked man secretly takes a bribe to subvert the course of justice.

International Standard Version
The wicked man takes a bribe in secret in order to pervert the course of justice.

NET Bible
A wicked person receives a bribe secretly to pervert the ways of justice.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that takes a bribe is evil, for he turns the way of justice aside.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wicked person secretly accepts a bribe to corrupt the ways of justice.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A wicked man takes a gift in secret to pervert the paths of judgment.

King James 2000 Bible
A wicked man takes a bribe out of the bosom to pervert the ways of justice.

American King James Version
A wicked man takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

American Standard Version
A wicked man receiveth a bribe out of the bosom, To pervert the ways of justice.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked man taketh gifts out of the bosom, that he may pervert the paths of judgment.

Darby Bible Translation
A wicked [man] taketh a gift out of the bosom, to pervert the paths of judgment.

English Revised Version
A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom, to pervert the ways of judgment.

Webster's Bible Translation
A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

World English Bible
A wicked man receives a bribe in secret, to pervert the ways of justice.

Young's Literal Translation
A bribe from the bosom the wicked taketh, To turn aside the paths of judgment.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:19. If we would keep a clear conscience and a quiet mind, we must shun all excitements to anger. And a man who affects a style of living above his means, goes the way to ruin. 20. There is nothing got by ill designs. And many have paid dear for an unbridled tongue. 21. This speaks very plainly what many wise and good men feel very strongly, how grievous it is to have a foolish, wicked child. 22. It is great mercy that God gives us leave to be cheerful, and cause to be cheerful, if by his grace he gives us hearts to be cheerful. 23. The wicked are ready to part with their money, though loved, that they may not suffer for their crimes. 24. The prudent man keeps the word of God continually in view. But the foolish man cannot fix his thoughts, nor pursue any purpose with steadiness. 25. Wicked children despise the authority of their father, and the tenderness of their mother. 26. It is very wrong to find fault for doing what is duty. 27,28. A man may show himself to be a wise man, by the good temper of his mind, and by the good government of his tongue. He is careful when he does speak, to speak to the purpose. God knows his heart, and the folly that is bound there; therefore he cannot be deceived in his judgment as men may be.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23. - A gift out of the bosom; i.e. secretly from the fold of the garment, and not from the purse or bag wherein money was ostensibly carried. A corrupt judge "taketh," i.e. receives a bribe conveyed to him secretly (Proverbs 21:14). To pervert the ways of judgment. The judges had no appointed salaries; hence the unprincipled among them were open to bribery. The strict injunctions of the Law, and the stern denunciations of the prophets, were alike ineffectual in checking corruption (see Exodus 23:8; Deuteronomy 16:19; Isaiah 1:23; Jeremiah 22:17; Ezekiel 13:19; Hosea 4:18, etc.). Septuagint, "The man that receiveth gifts in his bosom unjustly, his ways shall not prosper." For, as Job avows (Job 15:34), "Fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery." The LXX. adds, "The impious turns aside from the ways of righteousness."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom,.... Of another, of a rich man, who takes it out from thence, and offers it to him as a bribe. This he takes in the most secret manner, that it might not be seen by others; though the Arabic version renders it, "he that receives a gift in his own bosom commits iniquity"; it is true of both the giver and the receiver; the one gives out of his bosom, and the other takes if from thence, and puts it into his own, and both are wicked. And the words are by some rendered, though it seems contrary to the accents, "a gift out of the bosom of the wicked he will take" (z); the unjust judge, who is bribed with it:

to pervert the ways of judgment; to turn the course of justice, and hinder it from taking place; favouring a bad cause, and pronouncing a wrong sentence, which is wresting judgment.

(z) "munus de sinu impii accipiet", Baynus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. a gift … bosom—Money and other valuables were borne in a fold of the garment, called the bosom.

to pervert—that is, by bribery.

Proverbs 17:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness
22A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones. 23A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice. 24Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.…
Cross References
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.

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

Micah 3:11
Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they look for the LORD's support and say, "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us."

Micah 7:3
Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire-- they all conspire together.
Treasury of Scripture

A wicked man takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

Proverbs 17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it: wherever …

Proverbs 18:16 A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.

Proverbs 21:14 A gift in secret pacifies anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

Exodus 23:8 And you shall take no gift: for the gift blinds the wise, and perverts …

Deuteronomy 16:19 You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither …

1 Samuel 8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, …

1 Samuel 12:3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before …

Isaiah 1:23 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one …

Ezekiel 22:12 In you have they taken gifts to shed blood; you have taken usury and increase…

Micah 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, …

Mark 14:10,11 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests, …

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