to rpervert the ways of justice.
16 A man’s qgift makes room for him
and brings him before the great.
6 Many seek the favor of a generous man,1
and everyone is a friend to a man who gives igifts.
14 rA gift in secret averts anger,
and a concealed bribe,1 strong wrath.
8 kAnd you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.
23 Your princes are rebels
and companions of thieves.
Everyone uloves a bribe
and runs after gifts.
vThey do not bring justice to the fatherless,
and the widow’s cause does not come to them.
12 For I know how many are your transgressions
and how great are your sins—
you who afflict the righteous, who btake a bribe,