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Proverbs 17:23

    Proverbs 17:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    A wicked man takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    A wicked man receiveth a bribe out of the bosom, To pervert the ways of justice.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    A sinner takes an offering out of his robe, to get a decision for himself in a cause.

    Webster's Revision

    A wicked man receiveth a bribe out of the bosom, To pervert the ways of justice.

    World English Bible

    A wicked man receives a bribe in secret, to pervert the ways of justice.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom, to pervert the ways of judgment.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 17:23

    A gift out of the bosom - Out of his purse; as in their bosoms, above their girdles, the Asiatics carry their purses. I have often observed this.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 17:23

    The words "out of the bosom," from the fold of the garment, rather than from the bag or girdle in which money was usually carried, possibly point to the stealthiness with which the "gift" (or, bribe) is offered to the judge.