Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Proverbs 18:16

Context
NET ©

A person’s gift 1  makes room for him, and leads him 2  before important people.

NIV ©

A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.

NASB ©

A man’s gift makes room for him And brings him before great men.

NLT ©

Giving a gift works wonders; it may bring you before important people!

MSG ©

A gift gets attention; it buys the attention of eminent people.

BBE ©

A man’s offering makes room for him, letting him come before great men.

NRSV ©

A gift opens doors; it gives access to the great.

NKJV ©

A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.


KJV
A man's
<0120>
gift
<04976>
maketh room
<07337> (8686)
for him, and bringeth
<05148> (8686)
him before
<06440>
great men
<01419>_.
NASB ©
A man's
<0120>
gift
<04976>
makes
<07337>
room
<07337>
for him And brings
<05148>
him before
<06440>
great
<01419>
men
<01419>
.
HEBREW
wnxny
<05148>
Myldg
<01419>
ynplw
<06440>
wl
<0>
byxry
<07337>
Mda
<0120>
Ntm (18:16)
<04976>
LXXM
doma
<1390
N-NSN
anyrwpou
<444
N-GSM
emplatunei {V-PAI-3S} auton
<846
D-ASM
kai
<2532
CONJ
para
<3844
PREP
dunastaiv
<1413
N-DPM
kayizanei {V-PAI-3S} auton
<846
D-ASM
NET © [draft] ITL
A person’s
<0120>
gift
<04976>
makes room
<07337>
for him, and leads
<05148>
him before
<06440>
important
<01419>
people.
NET ©

A person’s gift 1  makes room for him, and leads him 2  before important people.

NET © Notes

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.

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.



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