Exodus 23:8
Good News Translation
Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe makes people blind to what is right and ruins the cause of those who are innocent.

Contemporary English Version
Don't accept bribes. Judges are blinded and justice is twisted by bribes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Neither shalt thou take bribes, which even blind the wise, and pervert the words of the just.

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Neither shalt thou take bribes, which even blind the wise, and pervert the words of the just.

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Deuteronomy 16:19 And not go aside to either part. Thou shalt not accept person nor gifts: for gifts blind the eyes of the wise, and change the words of the just.

1 Samuel 8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways: but they turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

1 Samuel 12:3 Speak of me before the Lord, and before his anointed, whether I have taken any man's ox, or ass: if I have wronged any man, if I have oppressed any man, if I have taken a bribe at any man's hand: and I will despise it this day, and will restore it to you.

Psalm 26:10 In whose hands are iniquities: their right hand is filled with gifts.

Proverbs 15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house: but he that hateth bribes shall live. By mercy and faith sins are purged away: and by the fear of the Lord every one declineth from evil.

Proverbs 17:8,23 The expectation of him that expecteth is a most acceptable jewel: whithersoever he turneth himself, he understandeth wisely. . . .

Proverbs 19:4 Riches make many friends: but from the poor man, even they whom he had, depart.

Ecclesiastes 7:7 Oppression troubleth the wise, and shall destroy the strength of his heart.

Isaiah 1:13 Offer sacrifice no more in vain: incense is an abomination to me. The new moons, and the sabbaths and other festivals I will not abide, your assemblies are wicked.

Isaiah 5:23 That justify the wicked for gifts, and take away the justice of the just from him.

Ezekiel 22:12 They have taken gifts in thee to shed blood: thou hast taken usury and increase, and hast covetously oppressed thy neighbours: and thou hast forgotten me, saith the Lord God.

Hosea 4:18 Their banquet is separated, they have gone astray by fornication: they that should have protected them have loved to bring shame upon them.

Amos 5:12 Because I know your manifold crimes, and your grievous sins: enemies of the just, taking bribes, and oppressing the poor in the gate.

Micah 7:3 The evil of their hands they call good: the prince requireth, and the judge is for giving: and the great man hath uttered the desire of his soul, and they have troubled it.

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Context
Justice and Mercy
7Thou shalt fly lying. The innocent and just person thou shalt not put to death: because I abhor the wicked. 8Neither shalt thou take bribes, which even blind the wise, and pervert the words of the just.9Thou shalt not molest a stranger, for you know the hearts of strangers: for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 10:17
Because the Lord your God he is the God of gods, and the Lord of lords, a great God and mighty and terrible, who accepteth no person nor taketh bribes.

Deuteronomy 16:19
And not go aside to either part. Thou shalt not accept person nor gifts: for gifts blind the eyes of the wise, and change the words of the just.

1 Samuel 8:3
And his sons walked not in his ways: but they turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

1 Samuel 12:3
Speak of me before the Lord, and before his anointed, whether I have taken any man's ox, or ass: if I have wronged any man, if I have oppressed any man, if I have taken a bribe at any man's hand: and I will despise it this day, and will restore it to you.

Psalm 15:5
He that hath not put out his money to usury, nor taken bribes against the innocent: He that doth these things, shall not be moved for ever.

Proverbs 15:27
He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house: but he that hateth bribes shall live. By mercy and faith sins are purged away: and by the fear of the Lord every one declineth from evil.

Proverbs 17:8
The expectation of him that expecteth is a most acceptable jewel: whithersoever he turneth himself, he understandeth wisely.

Proverbs 17:23
The wicked man taketh gifts out of the bosom, that he may pervert the paths of judgment.

Ecclesiastes 7:7
Oppression troubleth the wise, and shall destroy the strength of his heart.

Isaiah 1:23
Thy princes are faithless, companions of thieves: they all love bribes, they run after rewards. They judge not for the fatherless: and the widow's cause cometh not in to them.

Isaiah 5:22
Woe to you that are mighty to drink wine, and stout men at drunkenness.

Isaiah 5:23
That justify the wicked for gifts, and take away the justice of the just from him.

Ezekiel 22:12
They have taken gifts in thee to shed blood: thou hast taken usury and increase, and hast covetously oppressed thy neighbours: and thou hast forgotten me, saith the Lord God.

Additional Translations
Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous.And you shall take no gift: for the gift blinds the wise, and perverts the words of the righteous.

And thou shalt take no bribe: for a bribe blindeth them that have sight, and perverteth the words of the righteous.

And thou shalt not receive gifts; for gifts blind the eyes of the seeing, and corrupt just words.

And thou shalt take no bribe; for the bribe blindeth those whose eyes are open, and perverteth the words of the righteous.

And thou shalt take no gift: for a gift blindeth them that have sight, and perverteth the words of the righteous.

And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.

"You shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds those who have sight and perverts the words of the righteous.

And a bribe thou dost not take; for the bribe bindeth the open -eyed, and perverteth the words of the righteous.
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