Proverbs 17:8

NET ©

A bribe works like a charm for the one who offers it; in whatever he does he succeeds.

NIV ©

A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.

NASB ©

A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.

NLT ©

A bribe seems to work like magic for those who give it; they succeed in all they do.

MSG ©

Receiving a gift is like getting a rare gemstone; any way you look at it, you see beauty refracted.

BBE ©

An offering of money is like a stone of great price in the eyes of him who has it: wherever he goes, he does well.

NRSV ©

A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of those who give it; wherever they turn they prosper.

NKJV ©

A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor; Wherever he turns, he prospers.

KJV
A gift
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[is as] a precious
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stone
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in the eyes
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of him that hath
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it: whithersoever it turneth
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it prospereth
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{a precious...: Heb. a stone of grace}
HEBREW
lykvy
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hnpy
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rsa
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lk
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la
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wyleb
<01167>
ynyeb
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dxsh
<07810>
Nx
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Nba (17:8)
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LXXM
misyov
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N-NSM
caritwn
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N-GPF
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T-NSF
paideia
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N-NSF
toiv
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T-DPM
crwmenoiv
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V-PMPDP
ou
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R-GSM
d
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PRT
an
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PRT
epistreqh
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V-FMI-2S
euodwyhsetai
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V-FPI-3S
NET © [draft] ITL
A bribe
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works like a charm
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for the one
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who offers it; in whatever
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he does
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he succeeds
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.
NET © Notes

tn The phrase “works like” does not appear in the Hebrew text, but is implied by the metaphor; it is supplied for the sake of clarity.

tn Heb “a stone of favors”; NAB, NRSV “a magic stone.” The term שֹׁחַד (shokhad, “bribe”) could be simply translated as “a gift”; but the second half of the verse says that the one who offers it is successful. At best it could be a gift that opens doors; at worst it is a bribe. The word שֹׁחַד is never used of a disinterested gift, so there is always something of the bribe in it (e.g., Ps 15:5; Isa 1:23). Here it is “a stone that brings favor,” the genitive being the effect or the result of the gift. In other words, it has magical properties and “works like a charm.”

tn Heb “in the eyes of its owner.”

tn Heb “in all that he turns”; NASB, NIV “wherever he turns.”

sn As C. H. Toy points out, the sage is merely affirming a point without making a comment – those who use bribery meet with widespread success (Proverbs [ICC], 341). This does not amount to an endorsement of bribery.