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Proverbs 19:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Many will entreat the favor of the liberal man; And every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man [is] a friend to him that giveth gifts.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Many will seek the favor of a generous man, And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Many will entreat the favor of the prince: and every man [is] a friend to him that giveth gifts.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Many court the favour of a noble; and every one is friend to a man that giveth.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Many, will entreat the favour of a noble, and, every one, is a friend to a man abounding in gifts.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Many entreat the face of the noble, And all have made friendship to a man of gifts.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Many honour the person of him that is mighty, and are friends of him that giveth gifts.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Many will entreate the fauour of the Prince: and euery man [is] a friend to him that giueth gifts.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Many court the favour of kings; but every bad man becomes a reproach to [another] man.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man [is] a friend to him that giveth gifts.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Many 7227
{7227} Prime
By contraction from H7231; abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality).
will intreat 2470
{2470} Prime
A primitive root (compare H2342, H2490); properly to be rubbed or worn; hence (figuratively) to be weak, sick, afflicted; or (causatively) to grieve, make sick; also to stroke (in flattering), entreat.
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
the favour 6440
{6440} Prime
Plural (but always used as a singular) of an unused noun (פָּנֶה paneh, {paw-neh'}; from H6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.).
of the prince: 5081
{5081} Prime
From H5068; properly voluntary, that is, generous; hence, magnanimous; as noun, a grandee (sometimes a tyrant).
and every man x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
[is] a friend 7453
{7453} Prime
From H7462; an associate (more or less close).
to him y376
[0376] Standard
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
that giveth gifts. 4976
{4976} Prime
From H5414; a present.
(0376) Complement
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 19:6-7

_ _ These two verses are a comment upon Proverbs 19:4, and show, 1. How those that are rich and great are courted and caressed, and have suitors and servants in abundance. The prince that has power in his hand, and preferments at his disposal, has his gate and his ante-chamber thronged with petitioners, that are ready to adore him for what they can get. Many will entreat his favour, and think themselves happy in it. Even great men are humble suppliants to the prince. How earnest then should we be for the favour of God, which is far beyond that of any earthly prince. But, it should seem, liberality will go further than majesty itself to gain respect, for there are many that court the prince, but every man is a friend to him that gives gifts; not only those that have received, or do expect, gifts from him, will, as friends, be ready to serve him, but others also will, as friends, give him their good word. Prodigals, who are foolishly free of what they have, will have many hangers-on who will cry them up as long as it lasts, but will leave them when it is done. Those that are prudently generous make an interest by it which may stand them in good stead; those that are accounted benefactors exercise an authority which may give them an opportunity of doing good, Luke 22:25. 2. How those that are poor and low are slighted and despised. Men may, if they please, court the prince, and the princely, but they may not trample upon the poor and look at them with disdain. Yet so it often is: All the brethren of the poor do hate him; even his own relations are shy of him, because he is needy and craving, and expects something from them, and because they look upon him as a blemish to their family; and then no marvel if others of his friends, that were nothing akin to him, go far from him, to get out of his way. He pursues them with words, hoping to prevail with them by his importunity to be kind to him, but all in vain; they have nothing for him. They pursue him with words (so some understand it), to excuse themselves from giving him any thing; they tell him that he is idle and impertinent, that he has brought himself into poverty, and therefore ought not to be relieved; as Nabal said to David's messengers: “There are many servants now a days that run away from their masters; and how do I know but that David may be one of them?” Let poor people therefore make God their friend, pursue him with their prayers, and he will not be wanting to them.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 19:6

A friend — in profession.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 19:12 The king's wrath [is] as the roaring of a lion; but his favour [is] as dew upon the grass.
Proverbs 16:15 In the light of the king's countenance [is] life; and his favour [is] as a cloud of the latter rain.
Proverbs 29:26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but [every] man's judgment [cometh] from the LORD.
Genesis 42:6 And Joseph [was] the governor over the land, [and] he [it was] that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him [with] their faces to the earth.
2 Samuel 19:19-39 And said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart. ... And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king was come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned unto his own place.
Job 29:24-25 [If] I laughed on them, they believed [it] not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down. ... I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one [that] comforteth the mourners.
Psalms 45:12 And the daughter of Tyre [shall be there] with a gift; [even] the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.
Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.


Proverbs 17:8 A gift [is as] a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
Proverbs 18:16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
Proverbs 21:14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
Genesis 32:20 And say ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob [is] behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me.
Genesis 43:15 And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

him that giveth gifts:
Heb. a man of gifts
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Gn 32:20; 42:6; 43:15. 2S 19:19. Jb 29:24. Ps 45:12. Pv 16:15; 17:8; 18:16; 19:12; 21:14; 29:26. Mt 2:11. Ro 6:23.

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