Proverbs 17:23

23 The wicked accept bribes in secret to pervert the course of justice.

Read Proverbs 17:23 Using Other Translations

A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
The wicked accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice.
The wicked take secret bribes to pervert the course of justice.

What does Proverbs 17:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 17:23

A wicked [man] taketh a gift out of the bosom
Of another, of a rich man, who takes it out from thence, and offers it to him as a bribe. This he takes in the most secret manner, that it might not be seen by others; though the Arabic version renders it, "he that receives a gift in his own bosom commits iniquity"; it is true of both the giver and the receiver; the one gives out of his bosom, and the other takes if from thence, and puts it into his own, and both are wicked. And the words are by some rendered, though it seems contrary to the accents, "a gift out of the bosom of the wicked he will take" F26; the unjust judge, who is bribed with it: to pervert the ways of judgment;
to turn the course of justice, and hinder it from taking place; favouring a bad cause, and pronouncing a wrong sentence, which is wresting judgment.


FOOTNOTES:

F26 (xqy evr qyxm dxv) "munus de sinu impii accipiet", Baynus.
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