Proverbs 17:23
Parallel Verses
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.

New Heart English Bible
A wicked man receives a bribe in secret, 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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom, To pervert the ways of justice.

New American Standard 1977
A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom
            To pervert 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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
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
"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.

Ecclesiastes 7:7
For oppression makes a wise man mad, And a bribe corrupts the heart.

Micah 3:11
Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD saying, "Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us."

Micah 7:3
Concerning evil, both hands do it well. The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, And a great man speaks the desire of his soul; So they weave it 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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