[b-hebrew] Proverbs 21:14 KPH

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Sat Jul 24 02:04:19 EDT 2004

Maybe I’m just showing my ignorance or lack of experience, but every case that I know of where there is a secret bribe where neither the giver nor the givee wants the bribe to be known, the bribe was not given to assuage anger between the giver and the givee, for they had none to assuage, but to influence actions towards a third party in a way that perverts justice. And that tends towards inciting anger.

That does not mean that a gift given to recompense for an injury, in other words to assuage anger, is something to blab about, for, with rare exceptions, neither the giver nor the givee wants to make a show of such a gift; but neither is it a secret. But hiding a bribe in one’s bosom really looks suspicious, like skulking in the shadows.

Karl W. Randolph.

On 23/07/2004 10:44, Trevor Peterson wrote:

> ... And even if we take a neutral idea, to "bend"
anger would be to
> divert it from some course. Now, logically that could mean to
> anger that would have come but is now turned away. For your
meaning, it
> would have to be an idea something like, anger that would have
> directed elsewhere (but where?) is now diverted to the matter in
> question. ...

Peter Kirk responded:

Well, it could mean something rather different. The anger is simply 
diverted to other parties. The two who are reconciled by a bribe are
longer angry with one another, but it is likely that others will
angry, not only if they find out about the bribe but when they
that their rights or interests are ignored, because of the bribe 
although they don't know that. (And I know what I am talking about -
have lived in a country where bribery is rampant, and people often
that they can't get their due and suspect that is because someone
has bribed the official against them.)

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