Surely oppression makes a wise man mad; and a gift destroys the heart.
Treasury of Scripture
Deuteronomy 28:33,34,65 The fruit of your land, and all your labors, shall a nation which you know not eat up...
Exodus 23:8 And you shall take no gift: for the gift blinds the wise, and perverts the words of the righteous.
Deuteronomy 16:19 You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift does blind the eyes of the wise...
1 Samuel 8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
1 Samuel 12:3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose donkey have I taken?...
Proverbs 17:23 A wicked man takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
Isaiah 1:23 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loves gifts, and follows after rewards: they judge not the fatherless...
Isaiah 33:15 He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppressions, that shakes his hands from holding of bribes...
ContextThe Value of Wisdom
1A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. 2It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. 3Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. 4The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. 5It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. 6For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity. 7Surely oppression makes a wise man mad; and a gift destroys the heart. 8Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 9Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools. 10Say not you, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for you do not inquire wisely concerning this. 11Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun. 12For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it. 13Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he has made crooked? 14In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also has set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Surely extortion maketh the wise man foolish; and a bribe destroyeth the understanding.
Oppression troubleth the wise, and shall destroy the strength of his heart.
Darby Bible Translation
Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad, and a gift destroyeth the heart.
King James Bible
Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.
Young's Literal Translation
Surely oppression maketh the wise mad, And a gift destroyeth the heart.