Proverbs 17:8-9

8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;

   they think success will come at every turn.

9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,

   but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

 

Corruption and greed are self perpetuating. The one who bribes successfully expects the same results going forward, but as corruption spreads it will cost him more each time. Yet the real cost is not money, it is the deterioration of trust as corruption feeds on itself. Whatever gains may come will be outweighed by the decrease in stability. It is better to conduct your affairs honestly, though it may cost you in the short term, than to trade long term security for short term gain.

 “Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.” The biggest threat to relationships is resentment. If you want good relationships, you must rid yourself of resentment as soon as you can. Forgive those who have wronged you and make amends with those you have wronged, because relationships are the foundation of happiness. It is foolish to hold on to your anger and allow others to hold on to theirs, yet that is the natural thing to do. The most dangerous resentments are those that are justified, but nothing good comes from enmity.

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