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

New Living Translation
The wicked take secret bribes to pervert the course of justice.

English Standard Version
The wicked accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice.

Berean Study Bible
A wicked man takes a covert bribe to subvert the course of justice.

King James Bible
A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

New King James Version
A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back To pervert the ways of justice.

New American Standard Bible
A wicked person accepts a bribe from an inside pocket To pervert the ways of justice.

NASB 1995
A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.

NASB 1977
A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.

Amplified Bible
A wicked man receives a bribe from the [hidden] pocket To pervert the ways of justice.

Christian Standard Bible
A wicked person secretly takes a bribe to subvert the course of justice.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wicked man secretly takes a bribe to subvert the course of justice.

American Standard Version
A wicked man receiveth a bribe out of the bosom, To pervert the ways of justice.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that takes a bribe is evil, for he turns the way of justice aside.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The ways of a man who unjustly receives gifts in his bosom do not prosper; and an ungodly man perverts the ways of righteousness.

Contemporary English Version
Crooks accept secret bribes to keep justice from being done.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked man taketh gifts out of the bosom, that he may pervert the paths of judgment.

Good News Translation
Corrupt judges accept secret bribes, and then justice is not done.

International Standard Version
The wicked man takes a bribe in secret in order to pervert the course of justice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom, To pervert the ways of justice.

Literal Standard Version
The wicked takes a bribe from the bosom, To turn aside the paths of judgment.

New American Bible
A guilty person takes out a bribe from the pocket, thus perverting the course of justice.

NET Bible
A wicked person receives a bribe secretly to pervert the ways of justice.

New Revised Standard Version
The wicked accept a concealed bribe to pervert the ways of justice.

New Heart English Bible
A wicked man receives a bribe in secret, to pervert the ways of justice.

World English Bible
A wicked man receives a bribe in secret, to pervert the ways of justice.

Young's Literal Translation
A bribe from the bosom the wicked taketh, To turn aside the paths of judgment.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
22A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. 23A wicked man takes a covert bribe to subvert the course of justice. 24Wisdom is the focus of the discerning, but the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.…

Cross References
Exodus 23:8
Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous.

Deuteronomy 16:19
Do not deny justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.

Proverbs 17:8
A bribe is a charm to its giver; wherever he turns, he succeeds.

Ecclesiastes 7:7
Surely extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.

Micah 3:11
Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets practice divination for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD, saying, "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster can come upon us."

Micah 7:3
Both hands are skilled at evil; the prince and the judge demand a bribe. When the powerful utters his evil desire, they all conspire together.


Treasury of Scripture

A wicked man takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

Proverbs 17:8
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

Proverbs 18:16
A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

Proverbs 21:14
A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.











(23) A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom.--Or rather, receives it. "From the bosom" signifies the folds of the dress in which the bribe was concealed, ready to be slipped into the judge's hand whose favour was to be bought.

Verse 23. - A gift out of the bosom; i.e. secretly from the fold of the garment, and not from the purse or bag wherein money was ostensibly carried. A corrupt judge "taketh," i.e. receives a bribe conveyed to him secretly (Proverbs 21:14). To pervert the ways of judgment. The judges had no appointed salaries; hence the unprincipled among them were open to bribery. The strict injunctions of the Law, and the stern denunciations of the prophets, were alike ineffectual in checking corruption (see Exodus 23:8; Deuteronomy 16:19; Isaiah 1:23; Jeremiah 22:17; Ezekiel 13:19; Hosea 4:18, etc.). Septuagint, "The man that receiveth gifts in his bosom unjustly, his ways shall not prosper." For, as Job avows (Job 15:34), "Fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery." The LXX. adds, "The impious turns aside from the ways of righteousness."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A wicked [man]
רָשָׁ֣ע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

takes
יִקָּ֑ח (yiq·qāḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3947: To take

a covert
מֵ֭חֵיק (mê·ḥêq)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2436: The bosom

bribe
שֹׁ֣חַד (šō·ḥaḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7810: A present, bribe

to subvert
לְ֝הַטּ֗וֹת (lə·haṭ·ṭō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5186: To stretch out, spread out, extend, incline, bend

the course
אָרְח֥וֹת (’ā·rə·ḥō·wṯ)
Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 734: A well-trodden road, a caravan

of justice.
מִשְׁפָּֽט׃ (miš·pāṭ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style


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