Today, one of the most widespread phenomena in the world that causes a huge harm to people is corruption. In the Bible you can find numerous verses that warn us staying away from this phenomenon. For example, the Exodus 23:8 says: “And thou shalt take no gift; for the gift blindeth the wise and perverteth the words of the righteous”. This is an excellent illustration how the bribe can shut eyes, blind a man and induce to commit a crime against righteous people.
At the same time we can see that the Holy Scripture talks more about those people who take bribes than about the ones who give it. In my opinion, often, the man who takes a bribe becomes a reason of lawlessness, artificially making a situation in which another person is obliged to slip money. It’s one thing when you give a gift to a person for a good work he/she has done, but a mandatory bribe given in advance, even before the completion of work is cardinally different thing.
In the Book of Isaiah 5:22-23 we can read the following: “Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink; which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him”. Bribe is such a thing, which justifies a guilty person and makes the righteous man an offender.
The Proverbs 17:23 says: “A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment”. The laws are ignored because of bribe! And indeed, the laws are fully effective only in case of corruption absence.
The Psalms 15th is one of my favorite chapters. The character and behavior that every righteous man should have are described here. It says: “Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved”. One of the characteristics of the righteous man is the ability of refusing to take any gifts against the innocent. Since, because of corruption a human may lose own righteousness.
The Book of Deuteronomy 16:19 warns us: “Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous”. Based on this it’s necessary to follow three things: not wrest judgment, not respect persons and not take gifts.
Beloved, keep your righteousness, filled with the purity of the Gospel and let the hand of the God be upon you!