New International Version
Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.
King James Bible
Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.
Darby Bible Translation
Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad, and a gift destroyeth the heart.
World English Bible
Surely extortion makes the wise man foolish; and a bribe destroys the understanding.
Young's Literal Translation
Surely oppression maketh the wise mad, And a gift destroyeth the heart.
Ecclesiastes 7:7 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Oppression maketh a wise man mad - This has been translated with good show of reason, "Surely oppression shall give lustre to a wise man: but a gift corrupteth the heart."
The chief difference here is in the word יהולל yeholel, which, from the root הלל halal, signiffes to glister, irradiate, as well as to move briskly, to be mad, furious, in a rage; and certainly the former meaning suits this place best. We cannot think that the wise man - he that is truly religious, (for this is its meaning in the language of Solomon), can be made mad by any kind of oppression; but as he trusts in God, so in patience he possesses his soul.
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'Better is the end of a thing than the beginning.'--ECCLES. vii. 8. This Book of Ecclesiastes is the record of a quest after the chief good. The Preacher tries one thing after another, and tells his experiences. Amongst these are many blunders. It is the final lesson which he would have us learn, not the errors through which he reached it. 'The conclusion of the whole matter' is what he would commend to us, and to it he cleaves his way through a number of bitter exaggerations and of partial truths …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Eusebius' Accession to the Bishopric of Cæsarea.
"Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.
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.
A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it; they think success will come at every turn.
The wicked accept bribes in secret to pervert the course of justice.
Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed-- and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors-- and they have no comforter.
If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still.
All this I saw, as I applied my mind to everything done under the sun. There is a time when a man lords it over others to his own hurt.
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