Proverbs 17:8

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

Proverbs 17:8 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
English Standard Version (ESV)
8 A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it; wherever he turns he prospers.
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 A bribe is like a lucky charm; whoever gives one will prosper!
The Message Bible (MSG)
8 Receiving a gift is like getting a rare gemstone; any way you look at it, you see beauty refracted.
American Standard Version (ASV)
8 A bribe is [as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
8 A bribe seems [like] a jewel to the one who gives it. Wherever he turns, he prospers.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
8 A bribe seems like a magic stone to its owner; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
8 Money buys favors for those who give it. No matter where they turn, they succeed.

Proverbs 17:8 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 17:8

A gift [is as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath
Or "is a stone of grace" F8, the note of similitude being wanting. It is an ornament of grace, adorns the person that wears it, makes him look lovely and amiable; is very grateful and desirable in itself, attracts and dazzles the eyes, and fills the mind with pleasure; so is a gift in the eyes of him that has it, that is the owner of it; either that has it in his possession to give, is the giver of it, as Aben Ezra; which, as it is valuable in his own eyes, he judges it to be so with others, and thinks he can do what be pleases with it, and engage persons by it to do as he would have them: or that is the receiver of it, as the Targum; who, having it given him, is master of it, and is so acceptable to him, and has such an influence upon him, as to do anything for it the giver of it directs him to, as follows: whithersoever it turneth it prospereth:
to whatsoever cause, or to whatsoever persons, judge or jury, it is given and received; it succeeds far better than the most eloquent orations, or learned pleadings in law, or appeals to statutes, and the production of them. Money answers all things; a gift blinds the eyes; it is like a diamond, so sparkling and dazzling, so charming and attracting, that the person to whom it is offered cannot resist it; and it draws him to do whatever is desired of him; it carries the cause, it succeeds according to the wish of the giver: or, as the Arabic version renders it,

``he shall find his business plain;''
done as he would have it. Jarchi applies the proverb thus;
``when a man comes before the Lord, and bribes him with words, and returns unto him, it is a precious stone in his eyes; and in all that he asks of him he prospers.''


F8 (Nx Nba) "lapsis gratiae", Montanus, Baynus, Michaelis.

Proverbs 17:8 In-Context

6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool— how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it; they think success will come at every turn.
9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Exodus 23:8; Proverbs 19:6
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