Exodus 23:8 And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.
Proverbs 17:23 The wicked accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the ways of justice.
If you search the Bible for the word “bribe” and its various forms, you will be surprised I think at how many times it is the subject of Scripture. This should tell us to be wise to this evil and very common tactic. In my previous post I talked about how the wicked use false witnesses against the righteous and mentioned that such liars are often recruited with a bribe.
So it is today.
One of the greatest evils we see in so many arenas in the world: government, business, religion and even in medicine – is bribery. I suspect that if we knew just how widespread this wickedness is we would despair of any justice ever being done.
Domestic abusers use bribes to gain allies. Why are abusers so often treated royally by their churches? Because in so many cases they are making financial contributions to the offering plate. Why are abusers so frequently victorious in court against their victim? Because they are able to hand cash to a cutthroat attorney. Bribes, both literal and more often informal are a powerful weapon for oppression of the innocent. Domestic abusers so often use money and gifts to win the children over to “their side.” And I suppose that there have even been literal cash bribes given to judges by abusers to load the court case against the victim.
God sees it all. He knows every single financial exchange that has ever or will ever occur. He knows the motive of the person paying and that of the person accepting. Every penney. Nothing escapes his eye. The Lord hates a bribe. And the Lord cannot be bribed. Nope. Many wicked people are trying. They think they can bribe God just like they bribe everyone else. Won’t happen. Never. Both the bribe giver and the bribe taker are going down. Literally. Into hell on the Day when Christ comes to render to all according to their deeds.