his sons
2 Samuel 15:4
He added, "If only someone would appoint me judge in the land. Then anyone who had a grievance or dispute could come to me, and I would make sure he received justice."
1 Kings 12:6-11
6
Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon when he was alive, asking, "How do you advise me to respond to these people?"
7
They replied, "Today if you will be a servant to these people and serve them, and if you respond to them by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever."
8
But he rejected the advice of the elders who had advised him and consulted with the young men who had grown up with him and served him.
9
He asked them, "What message do you advise that we send back to these people who said to me, 'Lighten the yoke your father put on us'?"
10
Then the young men who had grown up with him told him, "This is what you should say to these people who said to you, 'Your father made our yoke heavy, but you, make it lighter on us!' This is what you should tell them: 'My little finger is thicker than my father's loins!
11
Although my father burdened you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with barbed whips.'"
2 Kings 21:1-3
1
Manasseh was 12 years old when he became king; he reigned 55 years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hephzibah.
2
He did what was evil in the LORD's sight, imitating the abominations of the nations that the LORD had dispossessed before the Israelites.
3
He rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed and reestablished the altars for Baal. He made an Asherah, as King Ahab of Israel had done; he also worshiped the whole heavenly host and served them.
Ecclesiastes 2:19
And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will take over all my work that I labored at skillfully under the sun. This too is futile.
Jeremiah 22:15-17
15
Are you a king because you excel in cedar? Your own father, did he not eat and drink? He administered justice and righteousness, then it went well with him.
16
He took up the case of the poor and needy, then it went well. Is this not what it means to know Me? [This is] the LORD's declaration.
17
But you have eyes and heart for nothing except your own unjust gain, shedding innocent blood and committing extortion and oppression.
but turned
Exodus 18:21
But you should select from all the people able men, God-fearing, trustworthy, and hating bribes. Place [them] over the people as officials of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens.
Deuteronomy 16:19
Do not deny justice or show partiality [to anyone]. Do not accept a bribe, for it blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.
Psalm 15:5
who does not lend his money at interest or take a bribe against the innocent-- the one who does these things will never be moved.
Psalm 26:10
in whose hands are evil schemes, and whose right hands are filled with bribes.
Isaiah 33:15
The one who lives righteously and speaks rightly, who refuses gain from extortion, whose hand never takes a bribe, who stops his ears from listening to murderous plots and shuts his eyes to avoid endorsing evil--
1 Timothy 3:3
not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy--
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.