Proverbs 18:16
Parallel Verses
New International Version
A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

New Living Translation
Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!

English Standard Version
A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.

New American Standard Bible
A man's gift makes room for him And brings him before great men.

King James Bible
A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A gift opens doors for a man and brings him before the great.

International Standard Version
A person's gift opens doors for him, bringing him access to important people.

NET Bible
A person's gift makes room for him, and leads him before important people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A man's gifts give him room and stand him before the great.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A gift opens doors for the one who gives it and brings him into the presence of great people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.

King James 2000 Bible
A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.

American King James Version
A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.

American Standard Version
A man's gift maketh room for him, And bringeth him before great men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A man's gift enlargeth his may, and maketh him room before princes.

Darby Bible Translation
A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

English Revised Version
A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

Webster's Bible Translation
A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

World English Bible
A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.

Young's Literal Translation
The gift of a man maketh room for him, And before the great it leadeth him.
Parallel Commentaries
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. 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - A man's gift maketh room for him (comp. Proverbs 19:6). Mattam, "gift," has been taken in different senses. Some consider it to mean a bribe offered for underhand or fraudulent purposes; but the context does not lead to this conclusion, and the parallel passage mentioned above makes against it. Hitzig sees in it a spiritual gift, equivalent to χάρισμα; but such a meaning is not elsewhere attached to the word. The term here signifies the present which duty or friendship offers to one whom one wishes to please. This paves a man's way to a great person's presence. Bringeth him before great men. The Oriental custom of offering suitable gifts to one in authority, when a favour or an audience is desired, is here alluded to (comp. 1 Samuel 10:27; 1 Kings 4:21; 1 Kings 10:25). So the Magi brought gifts so the newborn King at Bethlehem (Matthew 2:11). In a spiritual sense, the right use of riches opens the way to eternal life, evincing a man's practical love of God and man; as Christ says (Luke 16:9), "Make to yourselves friends by means of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when it shall fail, they may receive you into the eternal tabernacles" (Revised Version).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A man's gift maketh room for him,.... Or "enlarges him" (y); brings him out of prison, or, or out of straits and difficulties with which he, has, been pressed; or it makes way for him to a judge, and for a favourable hearing of his cause; or it enlarges his acquaintance, and gains him respect among men;

and bringeth him before great men; it opens a way for him into the presence and company of great men, being a fee to their servants; or with it he procures a place to wait on them. It is not necessary to understand it of a gift by way of bribe; but to introduce a person to another, and render him acceptable, and appease anger; as in the cases of Jacob and Abigail, Genesis 32:20.

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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

Proverbs 18:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Unfriendly Pursue Selfishness
15The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. 16A man's gift makes room for him And brings him before great men. 17The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him.…
Cross References
Genesis 32:20
And be sure to say, 'Your servant Jacob is coming behind us.'" For he thought, "I will pacify him with these gifts I am sending on ahead; later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me."

1 Samuel 16:20
So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.

1 Samuel 25:27
And let this gift, which your servant has brought to my lord, be given to the men who follow you.

Proverbs 18:17
In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.

Proverbs 19:6
Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.

Proverbs 21:14
A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
Treasury of Scripture

A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.

Proverbs 17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it: wherever …

Proverbs 19:6 Many will entreat the favor of the prince: and every man is a friend …

Proverbs 21:14 A gift in secret pacifies anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

Genesis 32:20 And say you moreover, Behold, your servant Jacob is behind us. For …

Genesis 33:10 And Jacob said, No, I pray you, if now I have found grace in your …

Genesis 43:11 And their father Israel said to them, If it must be so now, do this; …

1 Samuel 25:27 And now this blessing which your handmaid has brought to my lord, …

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