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

New Living Translation
A bribe is like a lucky charm; whoever gives one will prosper!

English Standard Version
A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it; wherever he turns he prospers.

Berean Study Bible
A bribe is a charm to its giver; wherever he turns, he succeeds.

New American Standard Bible
A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.

King James Bible
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

Christian Standard Bible
A bribe seems like a magic stone to its owner; wherever he turns, he succeeds.

Contemporary English Version
A bribe works miracles like a magic charm that brings good luck.

Good News Translation
Some people think a bribe works like magic; they believe it can do anything.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A bribe seems like a magic stone to its owner; wherever he turns, he succeeds.

International Standard Version
A bribe works wonders in the eyes of its giver; wherever he turns he prospers.

NET Bible
A bribe works like a charm for the one who offers it; in whatever he does he succeeds.

New Heart English Bible
A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of him who gives it; wherever he turns, he prospers.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A precious stone is beautiful in the eyes of him who owns it, and wherever it turns it is notable.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A bribe seems [like] a jewel to the one who gives it. Wherever he turns, he prospers.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; Whithersoever he turneth, he prospereth.

New American Standard 1977
A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A bribe is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it; wherever it turns, it prospers.

King James 2000 Bible
A bribe is as a magic stone in the eyes of him that gives it: wherever he turns, he prospers.

American King James Version
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it: wherever it turns, it prospers.

American Standard Version
A bribe is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Instruction is to them that use it a gracious reward; and whithersoever it may turn, it shall prosper.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The expectation of him that expecteth, is a most acceptable jewel: whithersoever he turneth himself, he understandeth wisely.

Darby Bible Translation
A gift is a precious stone in the eyes of the possessor: whithersoever it turneth it prospereth.

English Revised Version
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

Webster's Bible Translation
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

World English Bible
A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of him who gives it; wherever he turns, he prospers.

Young's Literal Translation
A stone of grace is the bribe in the eyes of its possessors, Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
7Eloquent words are unfit for a fool; how much worse are lying lips to a ruler! 8A bribe is a charm to its giver; wherever he turns, he succeeds. 9Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, but he who brings it up separates friends.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:8
Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous.

Proverbs 17:23
A wicked man takes a covert bribe to subvert the course of justice.

Proverbs 21:14
A gift in secret soothes anger, and a covert bribe pacifies great wrath.

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

Isaiah 1:23
Your rulers are rebels, friends of thieves. They all love bribes and chasing after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, and the plea of the widow never comes before them.

Amos 5:12
For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are innumerable. You oppress the righteous, taking bribes, and depriving the poor of justice at the gates.

Treasury of Scripture

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

gift

Proverbs 17:23
A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

Psalm 18:16
He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

Psalm 19:6
His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

precious stone or stone of grace

Genesis 33:9-11
And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself…

Genesis 43:11
And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:

1 Samuel 25:35
So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up in peace to thine house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted thy person.







Lexicon
A bribe
הַ֭שֹּׁחַד (haš·šō·ḥaḏ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7810: A present, bribe

is a charm
חֵ֣ן (ḥên)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2580: Graciousness, subjective, objective

to
בְּעֵינֵ֣י (bə·‘ê·nê)
Preposition-b | Noun - cdc
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

its giver;
בְעָלָ֑יו (ḇə·‘ā·lāw)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1167: A master, a husband, owner

wherever
אֶֽל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

he turns,
יִפְנֶ֣ה (yip̄·neh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6437: To turn, to face, appear, look

he succeeds.
יַשְׂכִּֽיל׃ (yaś·kîl)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7919: To be, circumspect, intelligent
(8) A gift is as a precious stone . . .--A description of the influence of bribery:--A bribe is as a jewel in the eyes of him that receives it; whithersoever he turns he prospers: all his energies are called out by the prospect of gain, so that he carries out successfully all that he sets his hand to. The constant warnings against this form of corruption, from the time of Moses (Exodus 23:8) to that of the prophets (Amos 5:12; Isaiah 1:23, &c), show the prevalence of the evil in Israel.

Verse 8. - There is a breath of satire in this verse. A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it. "A precious stone" is literally "a stone of grace" (Proverbs 1:9). The gnome expresses the idea that a bribe is like a bright jewel that dazzles the sight and affects the mind of him who receives it (see on Proverbs 15:27; comp. Deuteronomy 16:19; 1 Samuel 12:3). Ovid, 'Art. Amat.,' 3:653 -

"Munera, crede mihi, capiunt hominesque deosque;
Placatur donis Jupiter ipse datis."
It is possible that the gnome may have a more general application, and apply to gifts given to appease anger or to prove friendship (Proverbs 19:6; Proverbs 21:14). Septuagint, "A reward of graces is discipline to those who use it;" i.e. moral discipline brings an ample reward of graces to those who practise it. Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. The Authorized Version refers these words to the gift. Delitzsch points out that the words are more properly taken of the person who receives the gift, so that they should be rendered, "Wheresoever he turneth himself he dealeth wisely." Inflamed by sordid hopes and the love of gain, he acts with all possible skill and prudence in order to work out his wages and show that he was rightly selected to receive the present. The verse merely states a common trait among unscrupulous men, and pronounces no judgment upon it. 17:8. Those who set their hearts upon money, will do any thing for it. What influence should the gifts of God have on our hearts! 9. The way to preserve peace is to make the best of every thing; not to notice what has been said or done against ourselves. 10. A gentle reproof will enter, not only into the head, but into the heart of a wise man. 11. Satan, and the messengers of Satan, shall be let loose upon an evil man. 12. Let us watch over our own passions, and avoid the company of furious men. 13. To render evil for good is devilish. He that does so, brings a curse upon his family. 14. What danger there is in the beginning of strife! Resist its earliest display; and leave it off, if it were possible, before you begin. 15. It is an offence to God to acquit the guilty, or to condemn those who are not guilty. 16. Man's neglect of God's favour and his own interest is very absurd. 17. No change of outward circumstances should abate our affection for our friends or relatives. But no friend, except Christ, deserves unlimited confidence. In Him this text did receive, and still receives its most glorious fulfilment. 18. Let not any wrong their families. Yet Christ's becoming Surety for men, was a glorious display of Divine wisdom; for he was able to discharge the bond.
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