BRIBES

Bribe. [ brīb ]

VERB:  persuade somebody with enticement: to give somebody money or some other incentive to do something, especially something illegal or dishonest. Synonyms: pay off, corrupt, buy off, entice, suborn, induce, persuade, win over 

NOUN: incentive to persuade somebody: money or another incentive given to bribe somebody. Synonyms: inducement, enticement, carrot, sweetener, kickback, payoff, bung, backhander

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What the Bible says about accepting or offering bribes:

Proverbs 17:23 – A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom to pervert the ways of justice.

Ecclesiastes 7:7 – For oppression makes a wise man mad, and a bribe corrupts the heart.

Corrupt Legislation (1896) by Elihu Vedder

Isaiah 1:23 – Your rulers are rebels and companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe and chases after rewards …

Isaiah 5:22-23 – Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine and valiant men in mixing strong drink, Who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!

Ezekiel 16:33 – Men give gifts to all harlots, but you give your gifts to all your lovers to bribe them to come to you from every direction for your harlotries.

1 Samuel 8:3 – His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice.

Psalm 26:10 – Do not take my soul away along with sinners, nor my life with men of bloodshed [abortion], in whose hands is a wicked scheme, and whose right hand is full of bribes.

Proverbs 29:4 – He who profits illicitly troubles his own house, but he who hates bribes will live.

Ezekiel 22:12 – In you they have taken bribes to shed blood; you have taken interest and profits, and you have injured your neighbors for gain by oppression, and you have forgotten Me,” declares the Lord GOD.

Amos 5:12 – For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great, you who distress the righteous and accept bribes and turn aside the poor in the gate.

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3 Comments on “BRIBES”

  1. Mick Russom March 25, 2010 at 11:59 PM #

    You just told us to obey a government that has created its godless policy of satan from bribery and sin.

    And now you try and assault your friends, the ceasars of today, counting us with a census for slaughter, with the sin of bribery.

    You need to make up your mind, for me, god’s will is easy to see.

  2. Cecilia Cusimano June 12, 2010 at 9:02 AM #

    Some of these verses resonated with our conversation yesterday. In summary, to placate the perceived view of the majority or the press is the same as taking a bribe.

    If placating the perceived view of the majority and/or press is for self serving interests, then one takes a bribe in kind.

    It speaks volumes to ones degree of self worth and self confidence.

    To stand strong, to stand solid in one’s dictates at every level, is to refuse to be bribed at any level.

    However, many of us engage in this type of bribery unaware of its presence, because the bottom line is, we all want to be loved.

    Thanks for this! It was a real eye opener for me. 🙂

  3. Cecilia Cusimano June 12, 2010 at 10:36 AM #

    Cecilia Cusimano :
    Some of these verses resonated with me. In summary, to placate the perceived view of the majority or the press is the same as taking a bribe.
    If placating the perceived view of the majority and/or press is for self serving interests, then one takes a bribe in kind.
    To stand strong, to stand solid in one’s dictates at every level, is to refuse to be bribed at any level.
    However, many of us engage in this type of bribery unaware of its presence, because the bottom line is, we all want to be loved.

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