(Proverbs 17:23 KJV) A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
I tend to think of a “bribe” (7810) as a bit of sleazy perversion that is used to attract the unscrupulous. This might imply that it is given out of the “bosom” (2436), or secret place, in order to bring about what is viewed by both parties as a good result. There is a temptation to think that our view of a situation is the view of virtue and in this one case the ends justifies the means. Have you ever been checking out at the store and the clerk somehow enters a lower price than you expected? It is very easy to rationalize that they put in a higher price another time and so it is only fair. It might even be true but it is the beginning of making excuses and fudging on the strait and narrow.
We usually don’t have the temptation to “pervert” (5186) “justice” (4941) is big steps. Satan has a hard time getting us to commit the big sin. It starts small and grows from there.
So? Keep an eye out for the little compromises that are offered to us. Some may be just fine. Others may be a bribe from Hell.