New American Standard Bible
For oppression makes a wise man mad, 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Rather, oppression (or extortions) maketh a wise man foolish; and a bribe etc. If a wise man, being in a high position, exercises oppression (see Psalm 62:10), or practices extortion, he becomes a fool in so doing. This verse is a warning against impatience in the exercise of power or the acquisition of riches.
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"You shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of the just.
"You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.
A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.
A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.
Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.
If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them.
All this I have seen and applied my mind to every deed that has been done under the sun wherein a man has exercised authority over another man to his hurt.
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