Blackmail • Extort • Extortioner • Extortioners
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Extort; Extortion; Extortioners [Heb. ʿāšaq] (e.g., Ezk. 18:18); AV “cruelly oppress,” “use oppression”; NEB “be guilty of oppression,” “be bullies”; [ʿōšeq] (Ps. 62:10 [MT 11]; Ezk. 22:12); AV also ROBBERY; [Gk. harpagé] (Mt. 23:25; Lk. 11:39); AV RAVENING; NEB GREED; [hárpax] (Lk. 18:11); NEB
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Extortion, extortioner
EXTORTION, EXTORTIONER — the act of obtaining property by force or underhanded means (Lev. 6:2; Is. 16:4). The apostle Paul mentions extortioners along with thieves, idolaters, and drunkards as those who will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 5:10–11; 6:10).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
EXTORTION<eks-tor’-shun>: This particular word occurs twice in King James Version: Ezekiel 22:12 ([עֹשֶׁק‎, ̀osheq]), and Matthew 23:25 ([ἁρπαγή, harpage]), and indicates that one who is an extortioner is guilty of snatching away from another by strife, greed and oppression that which does not
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
extortion. The act of obtaining something, such as money, from an entity (whether a person, group, corporation or institution) through threats, violence or the misuse of authority. Extortion is generally censured on ethical grounds as a violation of the personhood of the other, and in most Western nations
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
EXTORTION (ἁρπαγή).—The word is used by Christ in His terrible arraignment of the scribes and Pharisees, on account of the way in which, by their methods of plunder, they openly violated the Scriptures they knew so well (Mt 23:25, Lk 11:39). Isaiah (16:4) had predicted the cessation of the extortioner
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
extortion. The act or crime of obtaining what belongs to another by such means as coercion, intimidation, blackmail, and fraud. It has been said that as soon as two people met, they began to trade and also to take advantage of each other. Numerous passages of Holy Scripture condemning fraud and extortion
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
EXTORTION, eks-torʹshun: This particular word occurs twice in AV: Ezk 22:12 (עֹשֶק‎, ‛ōsheḳ), and Mt 23:25 (ἁρπαγή, harpagḗ), and indicates that one who is an extortioner is guilty of snatching away from another by strife, greed and oppression that which does not lawfully belong to him. The element
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
EXTORTION [בֶּצַעbetsaʿ, עשֶׁקʿosheq; ἁρπαγή harpagē, ἅρπαξ harpax]. Extortion is the act of obtaining something from its rightful owner by force or intimidation and often involves the improper use of power or authority. Ezekiel declares that a man who practices extortion and engages in robbery
Key passages
Sir 35:14–15

Do not offer bribes, for he will not accept them; and do not hold out for an unrighteous sacrifice. Because the Lord is judge, and there is no partiality with him.