A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
A man’s gift makes room for him And brings him before great men.
Giving a gift works wonders; it may bring you before important people!
A gift gets attention; it buys the attention of eminent people.
A man’s offering makes room for him, letting him come before great men.
A gift opens doors; it gives access to the great.
A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.
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1 sn The Hebrew term translated “gift” is a more general term than “bribe” (שֹׁחַד, shokhad), used in 17:8, 23. But it also has danger (e.g., 15:27; 21:14), for by giving gifts one might learn how influential they are and use them for bribes. The proverb simply states that a gift can expedite matters.
2 sn The two verbs here show a progression, helping to form the synthetic parallelism. The gift first “makes room” (יַרְחִיב, yarkhiv) for the person, that is, extending a place for him, and then “ushers him in” (יַנְחֵנּוּ, yakhenu) among the greats.