1 Samuel 8:3

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

Read 1 Samuel 8:3 Using Other Translations

And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.
But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice.

What does 1 Samuel 8:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 8:3

And his sons walked not in his ways
The meaning of which is not that they did not go the circuit he did, which is too low a sense of the words some Jewish writers give; but they did not walk in the fear of God, in the paths of religion and righteousness, truth and holiness; they neither served God, nor did justice to men, as Samuel had done:

but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment;
indulged to covetousness, sought to get riches at any rate, took bribes, which blind the eyes of judges; and so passed wrong judgment, and gave the cause to those that gave the largest gifts, right or wrong.

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