Exodus 23:8
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New International Version
"Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.

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

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
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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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thou shalt take no gift - A strong ordinance against selling justice, which has been the disgrace and ruin of every state where it has been practiced. In the excellent charter of British liberties called Magna Charta, there is one article expressly on this head: Nulli vendemus, nulli negabimus aut differemus, rectum aut justitiam - Art. xxxiii. "To none will we sell, to none will we deny or defer, right or justice." This was the more necessary in those early and corrupt times, as he who had most money, and gave the largest presents (called then oblata) to the king or queen, was sure to gain his cause in the king's court; whether he had right and justice on his side or not.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

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The Feast of Ingathering in the End of the Year
'And the feast of harvest, the first-fruits of thy labours, which them hast sown In thy field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.' --EXODUS xxiii. 16. The Israelites seem to have had a double beginning of the year--one in spring, one at the close of harvest; or it may only be that here the year is regarded from the natural point of view--a farmer's year. This feast was at the gathering in of the fruits, which was
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Wonderful.
Isaiah ix:6. HIS name shall be called "Wonderful" (Isaiah ix:6). And long before Isaiah had uttered this divine prediction the angel of the Lord had announced his name to be Wonderful. As such He appeared to Manoah. And Manoah said unto the angel of Jehovah, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honor. And the angel of Jehovah said unto Him "why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is Wonderful" (margin, Judges xiii:17-18). This angel of Jehovah, the Person who
Arno Gaebelein—The Lord of Glory

The Blessing of Jacob Upon Judah. (Gen. Xlix. 8-10. )
Ver. 8. "Judah, thou, thy brethren shall praise thee; thy hand shall be on the neck of thine enemies; before thee shall bow down the sons of thy father. Ver. 9. A lion's whelp is Judah; from the prey, my son, thou goest up; he stoopeth down, he coucheth as a lion, and as a full-grown lion, who shall rouse him up? Ver. 10. The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come, and unto Him the people shall adhere." Thus does dying Jacob, in announcing
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament

In the Temple at the Feast of Tabernacles.
(October, a.d. 29.) ^D John VII. 11-52. ^d 11 The Jews therefore sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? [It was now eighteen months since Jesus had visited Jerusalem, at which time he had healed the impotent man at Bethesda. His fame and prolonged obscurity made his enemies anxious for him to again expose himself in their midst. John here used the word "Jews" as a designation for the Jerusalemites, who, as enemies of Christ, were to be distinguished from the multitudes who were in doubt
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
Deuteronomy 10:17
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.

Deuteronomy 16:19
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.

1 Samuel 8:3
But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.

1 Samuel 12:3
Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the LORD and his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these things, I will make it right."

Psalm 15:5
who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.

Proverbs 15:27
The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live.

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

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