Exodus 23:8
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English Standard Version
And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.

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

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

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

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Just as little should a man follow a multitude to pervert justice. "Thou shalt not be behind many (follow the multitude) to evil things, nor answer concerning a dispute to incline thyself after many (i.e., thou shalt not give such testimony in connection with any dispute, in which thou takest part with the great majority), so as to pervert" (להטּות), sc., justice. But, on the other hand, "neither shalt thou adorn the poor man in his dispute" (Exodus 23:3), i.e., show partiality to the poor or weak man in an unjust cause, out of weak compassion for him. (Compare Leviticus 19:15, a passage which, notwithstanding the fact that הדר is applied to favour shown to the great or mighty, overthrows Knobel's conjecture, that גּדל should be read for ודל, inasmuch as it prohibits the showing of favour to the one as much as to the other.)

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thou shalt take

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?...

Psalm 26:10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.

Proverbs 15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubles his own house; but he that hates gifts shall live.

Proverbs 17:8,23 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it: wherever it turns, it prospers...

Proverbs 19:4 Wealth makes many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbor.

Ecclesiastes 7:7 Surely oppression makes a wise man mad; and a gift destroys the heart.

Isaiah 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination to me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies...

Isaiah 5:23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

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

Hosea 4:18 Their drink is sour: they have committed prostitution continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give you.

Amos 5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe...

Micah 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, and the judge asks for a reward; and the great man...

the wise. Heb. the seeing

Cross References
Deuteronomy 10:17
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.

Deuteronomy 16:19
You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous.

1 Samuel 8:3
Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.

1 Samuel 12:3
Here I am; testify against me before the LORD and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me and I will restore it to you."

Psalm 15:5
who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

Proverbs 15:27
Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.

Proverbs 17:8
A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it; wherever he turns he prospers.

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