(Proverbs 17:23 KJV) A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
Again we have mention of a “gift” (bribe NASB) (7810). This word is interesting in translation. The older translations tend to use more neutral words like “gift” and “reward.” The new translations go with “bribe.” In this context it is clear that the word has a negative meaning. Whatever you use to cover it up this is a case of using rewards to get what you do not deserve.
We see this on a regular basis. The bribe may be in the form of simple approval. It may be a “special” discount. It could simply be an envelope of cash. Any way you define it, it will “pervert” (5186) “judgement” (justice NASB) (4941).
So? We are to be fair and just by God’s definition, not by society’s standards. That means being out of step. So be it. Remember that Jesus said the way was narrow.