Your Gift Will Make Room For You: What Does Proverbs 18:16 Mean?

Proverbs 18:16, “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.” (King James Version)

TranslationProverbs 18:16
ESVA man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.
NASBA man’s gift makes room for him And brings him before great men.
NIVA gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
NLTGiving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!

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Your Gift Will Make Room For You: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

18:4. The well-spring of wisdom in the heart of a believer, continually supplies words of wisdom.

5. The merits of a cause must be looked to, not the person.

6,7. What mischief bad men do to themselves by their ungoverned tongues!

8. How base are those that sow contention! and what fatal effects may be expected from small beginnings of jealousy! 9. Omissions of duty, and in duty, are fatal to the soul, as well as commissions of sin.

10,11. The Divine power, made known in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, forms a strong tower for the believer, who relies on the Lord.

How deceitful the defence of the rich man, who has his portion and treasure in this world! It is a strong city and a high wall only in his own conceit; for it will fail when most in need.

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They will be exposed to the just wrath of that Judge whom they despised as a Saviour.

12. After the heart has been lifted up with pride, a fall comes. But honour shall be the reward of humility. 13. Eagerness, with self-conceit, will expose to shame.

14. Firmness of mind supports under many pains and trials. But when the conscience is tortured with remorse, no human fortitude can bear the misery; what then will hell be? 15. We must get knowledge, not only into our heads, but into our hearts.

16. Blessed be the Lord, who makes us welcome to come to his throne, without money and without price. May his gifts make room for him in our souls.

Proverbs 18:16 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

(Compare Pr 17:8, 23). Disapproval of the fact stated is implied.

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Daniel Isaiah Joseph

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