Proverbs 17:8
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New International Version
A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it; they think success will come at every turn.

New Living Translation
A bribe is like a lucky charm; whoever gives one will prosper!

English Standard Version
A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it; wherever he turns he prospers.

New American Standard Bible
A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.

King James Bible
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A bribe seems like a magic stone to its owner; wherever he turns, he succeeds.

International Standard Version
A bribe works wonders in the eyes of its giver; wherever he turns he prospers.

NET Bible
A bribe works like a charm for the one who offers it; in whatever he does he succeeds.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A precious stone is beautiful in the eyes of him who owns it, and wherever it turns it is notable.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A bribe seems [like] a jewel to the one who gives it. Wherever he turns, he prospers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A bribe is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it; wherever it turns, it prospers.

King James 2000 Bible
A bribe is as a magic stone in the eyes of him that gives it: wherever he turns, he prospers.

American King James Version
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it: wherever it turns, it prospers.

American Standard Version
A bribe is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The expectation of him that expecteth, is a most acceptable jewel: whithersoever he turneth himself, he understandeth wisely.

Darby Bible Translation
A gift is a precious stone in the eyes of the possessor: whithersoever it turneth it prospereth.

English Revised Version
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

Webster's Bible Translation
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

World English Bible
A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of him who gives it; wherever he turns, he prospers.

Young's Literal Translation
A stone of grace is the bribe in the eyes of its possessors, Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:8. Those who set their hearts upon money, will do any thing for it. What influence should the gifts of God have on our hearts! 9. The way to preserve peace is to make the best of every thing; not to notice what has been said or done against ourselves. 10. A gentle reproof will enter, not only into the head, but into the heart of a wise man. 11. Satan, and the messengers of Satan, shall be let loose upon an evil man. 12. Let us watch over our own passions, and avoid the company of furious men. 13. To render evil for good is devilish. He that does so, brings a curse upon his family. 14. What danger there is in the beginning of strife! Resist its earliest display; and leave it off, if it were possible, before you begin. 15. It is an offence to God to acquit the guilty, or to condemn those who are not guilty. 16. Man's neglect of God's favour and his own interest is very absurd. 17. No change of outward circumstances should abate our affection for our friends or relatives. But no friend, except Christ, deserves unlimited confidence. In Him this text did receive, and still receives its most glorious fulfilment. 18. Let not any wrong their families. Yet Christ's becoming Surety for men, was a glorious display of Divine wisdom; for he was able to discharge the bond.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - There is a breath of satire in this verse. A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it. "A precious stone" is literally "a stone of grace" (Proverbs 1:9). The gnome expresses the idea that a bribe is like a bright jewel that dazzles the sight and affects the mind of him who receives it (see on Proverbs 15:27; comp. Deuteronomy 16:19; 1 Samuel 12:3). Ovid, 'Art. Amat.,' 3:653 -

"Munera, crede mihi, capiunt hominesque deosque;
Placatur donis Jupiter ipse datis."
It is possible that the gnome may have a more general application, and apply to gifts given to appease anger or to prove friendship (Proverbs 19:6; Proverbs 21:14). Septuagint, "A reward of graces is discipline to those who use it;" i.e. moral discipline brings an ample reward of graces to those who practise it. Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. The Authorized Version refers these words to the gift. Delitzsch points out that the words are more properly taken of the person who receives the gift, so that they should be rendered, "Wheresoever he turneth himself he dealeth wisely." Inflamed by sordid hopes and the love of gain, he acts with all possible skill and prudence in order to work out his wages and show that he was rightly selected to receive the present. The verse merely states a common trait among unscrupulous men, and pronounces no judgment upon it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it,.... Or "is a stone of grace" (h), the note of similitude being wanting. It is an ornament of grace, adorns the person that wears it, makes him look lovely and amiable; is very grateful and desirable in itself, attracts and dazzles the eyes, and fills the mind with pleasure; so is a gift in the eyes of him that has it, that is the owner of it; either that has it in his possession to give, is the giver of it, as Aben Ezra; which, as it is valuable in his own eyes, he judges it to be so with others, and thinks he can do what be pleases with it, and engage persons by it to do as he would have them: or that is the receiver of it, as the Targum; who, having it given him, is master of it, and is so acceptable to him, and has such an influence upon him, as to do anything for it the giver of it directs him to, as follows:

whithersoever it turneth it prospereth: to whatsoever cause, or to whatsoever persons, judge or jury, it is given and received; it succeeds far better than the most eloquent orations, or learned pleadings in law, or appeals to statutes, and the production of them. Money answers all things; a gift blinds the eyes; it is like a diamond, so sparkling and dazzling, so charming and attracting, that the person to whom it is offered cannot resist it; and it draws him to do whatever is desired of him; it carries the cause, it succeeds according to the wish of the giver: or, as the Arabic version renders it,

"he shall find his business plain;''

done as he would have it. Jarchi applies the proverb thus;

"when a man comes before the Lord, and bribes him with words, and returns unto him, it is a precious stone in his eyes; and in all that he asks of him he prospers.''

(h) "lapsis gratiae", Montanus, Baynus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. One so corrupt as to take a bribe evinces his high estimate of it by subjection to its influence (Pr 18:16; 19:6).

Proverbs 17:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness
7Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, Much less are lying lips to a prince. 8A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers. 9He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:8
"Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.

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

Proverbs 21:14
A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.

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

Isaiah 1:23
Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them.

Amos 5:12
For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
Treasury of Scripture

A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it: wherever it turns, it prospers.

gift

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

Psalm 18:16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

Psalm 19:6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit to …

Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD …

Psalm 29:4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

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 …

precious stone or stone of grace
whithersoever

Genesis 33:9-11 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that you have to yourself…

Genesis 43:11 And their father Israel said to them, If it must be so now, do this; …

1 Samuel 25:35 So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and …

2 Samuel 16:1-4 And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba …

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

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