Proverbs 21:14 (NLT)
"A secret gift calms anger; a bribe under the table pacifies fury."
Reading this scripture it would seem to indicate that the Bible supports (at the very least some form of) bribery. Is that really the case?
Proverbs is wisdom literature, and that category seeks to describe things as they are, not necessarily what they should be.
Ecclesiastes 7:15-16, for example, says:
Exodus 23:8 is clear that bribery is bad:
Proverbs 15:27 says as much as well:
And Proverbs 17:23 says don't do it:
Even Jesus notes the unfairness in life saying in Matthew 5:45,
The easiest way to reconcile all of this is to say that this verse is descriptive rather than prescriptive.