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Want to know what the Bible says about bribery? Here are 45 Bible verses about bribery from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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Exodus 23:8 NIV
“Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.
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Proverbs 17:23 NIV
The wicked accept bribes in secret
    to pervert the course of justice.
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Proverbs 15:27 NIV
The greedy bring ruin to their households,
    but the one who hates bribes will live.
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Proverbs 17:8 NIV
A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;
    they think success will come at every turn.
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Ecclesiastes 7:7 NIV
Extortion turns a wise person into a fool,
    and a bribe corrupts the heart.
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Amos 5:12 NIV
For I know how many are your offenses
    and how great your sins.
There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes
    and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
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Deuteronomy 16:19 NIV
Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent.
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Proverbs 21:14 NIV
A gift given in secret soothes anger,
    and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
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Isaiah 5:23 NIV
who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
    but deny justice to the innocent.
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Proverbs 10:2 NIV
Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,
    but righteousness delivers from death.
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Isaiah 1:23 NIV
Your rulers are rebels,
    partners with thieves;
they all love bribes
    and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
    the widow’s case does not come before them.
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Job 15:34 NIV
For the company of the godless will be barren,
    and fire will consume the tents of those who love bribes.
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1 Timothy 6:10 NIV
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
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Matthew 28:12-15 NIV
12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
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Proverbs 28:21 NIV
To show partiality is not good
    yet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.
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1 Samuel 8:3 NIV
But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.
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Judges 16:5 NIV
The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver.”
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Micah 7:3 NIV
Both hands are skilled in doing evil;
    the ruler demands gifts,
the judge accepts bribes,
    the powerful dictate what they desire—
    they all conspire together.
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Ezekiel 22:12 NIV
In you are people who accept bribes to shed blood; you take interest and make a profit from the poor. You extort unjust gain from your neighbors. And you have forgotten me, declares the Sovereign Lord.
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Isaiah 33:15 NIV
Those who walk righteously
    and speak what is right,
who reject gain from extortion
    and keep their hands from accepting bribes,
who stop their ears against plots of murder
    and shut their eyes against contemplating evil—
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