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Proverbs 17:23 NIV

By November 17, 2023No Comments

“The wicked accept bribes in secret to pervert the course of justice.”

At first glance this verse seems kind of out there for most of us. I mean seriously, how many of us have someone offering us a bribe to declare the guilty innocent or the innocent guilty? Who is even in a position where their opinion or judgement matters? I know about 6 judges and that’s all. In Solomon’s day there were many in situations or positions to be a wicked judge of another person or to be affected by a crooked judge. To expand a bit this verse also includes a witness who will lie with the right incentives. This may be more relatable to us. It can be as simple as shading a story to favor a friend in a desire to please or help them. It is no better according to Solomon than the wicked judge allowing the truth to be perverted by a bribe. It is easy to take a friends side even when we know better. However, we are not doing our friend any favor by letting them take advantage of another. I once witnessed a group band together and mistreat an individual simply because they all relied on each other in business interactions. It can be very tempting. If you are a judge or a political or even a government leader never accept a bribe. If you are like the rest of us allow only truth and kindness to guide your actions and testimony. Today pursue justice. #BeTheEdge

“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” Ephesians 4:25 NIV

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