New Living Translation
Extortion turns wise people into fools, and bribes corrupt 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
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
7:7 A gift - A bribe given to a wise man, deprives him of the use of his understanding. So this verse discovers two ways whereby a wise man may be made mad, by suffering oppression from others, or by receiving bribes to oppress others. And this also is an argument of the vanity of worldly wisdom that is so easily corrupted and lost.
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Gen. ii. 17.--"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it, for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die."--Gen. i. 26.--"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." The state wherein man was created at first, you heard was exceeding good,--all …
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Letter xxviii (Circa A. D. 1130) to the Abbots Assembled at Soissons
"Take no bribes, for a bribe makes you ignore something that you clearly see. A bribe makes even a righteous person twist the truth.
You must never twist justice or show partiality. Never accept a bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and corrupt the decisions of the godly.
A bribe is like a lucky charm; whoever gives one will prosper!
The wicked take secret bribes to pervert the course of justice.
Again, I observed all the oppression that takes place under the sun. I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them. The oppressors have great power, and their victims are helpless.
Don't be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy.
I have thought deeply about all that goes on here under the sun, where people have the power to hurt each other.
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