Ecclesiastes 7:7
Context
The Value of Wisdom

1A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. 2It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. 3Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. 4The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. 5It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. 6For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity. 7Surely oppression makes a wise man mad; and a gift destroys the heart. 8Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 9Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools. 10Say not you, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for you do not inquire wisely concerning this. 11Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun. 12For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it. 13Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he has made crooked? 14In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also has set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.
Cross References
Exodus 23:8
And you shall take no gift: for the gift blinds the wise, and perverts the words of the righteous.


Deuteronomy 16:19
You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift does blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.


Proverbs 17:8
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it: wherever it turns, it prospers.


Proverbs 17:23
A wicked man takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.


Ecclesiastes 4:1
So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.


Ecclesiastes 5:8
If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regards; and there be higher than they.


Ecclesiastes 8:9
All this have I seen, and applied my heart to every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man rules over another to his own hurt.


Treasury of Scripture

Surely oppression makes a wise man mad; and a gift destroys the heart.

oppression

Deuteronomy 28:33,34,65 The fruit of your land, and all your labors, shall a nation which you know not eat up...

a gift

Exodus 23:8 And you shall take no gift: for the gift blinds the wise, and perverts the words of the righteous.

Deuteronomy 16:19 You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift does blind the eyes of the wise...

1 Samuel 8:3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

1 Samuel 12:3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose donkey have I taken?...

Proverbs 17:23 A wicked man takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

Isaiah 1:23 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loves gifts, and follows after rewards: they judge not the fatherless...

Isaiah 33:15 He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppressions, that shakes his hands from holding of bribes...

Strong's Concordance
Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.
Topical Bible
Bribe Corrupts Cruel Destroyeth Destroys Destruction Extortion Fool Foolish Gift Giving Heart Mad Makes Maketh Mind Money Oppression Surely Troubled Turneth Turns Understanding Wise
Resources
Ecclesiastes Chapter 7 Verse 7

Alphabetical: a and bribe corrupts Extortion fool For heart into mad makes man oppression the turns wise

OT Poetry: Ecclesiastes 7:7 Surely extortion makes the wise man foolish (Ecclesiast. Ec Ecc Eccles.)
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