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
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.
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.