And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.
The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.
Thy princes [are] rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
Woe unto [them that are] mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
He shall dwell on high: his place of defence [shall be] the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters [shall be] sure.
And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear [your] lies?
In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.
Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee.
Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate [from their right].
To have respect of persons [is] not good: for for a piece of bread [that] man will transgress.
Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift [is like] clouds and wind without rain.
A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.
Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.
Cursed [be] he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen.
1 Samuel 8:1
And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
1 Samuel 8:3
And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
For the congregation of hypocrites [shall be] desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:
In whose hands [is] mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.
He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
A gift [is as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
A wicked [man] taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge [asketh] for a reward; and the great [man], he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.