Proverbs 3:4
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New International Version
Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

New Living Translation
Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.

English Standard Version
So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

New American Standard Bible
So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man.

King James Bible
So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then you will find favor and high regard in the sight of God and man.

International Standard Version
and find favor and a good reputation with God and men.

NET Bible
Then you will find favor and good understanding, in the sight of God and people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That you may find mercies and grace and intelligence in the presence of God and in the presence of the children of men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then you will find favor and much success in the sight of God and humanity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So shalt thou find grace and good favour in the sight of God and man.

King James 2000 Bible
So shall you find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

American King James Version
So shall you find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

American Standard Version
So shalt thou find favor and good understanding In the sight of God and man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt And grace and good understanding before God and men.

Darby Bible Translation
and thou shalt find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

English Revised Version
So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Webster's Bible Translation
So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

World English Bible
So you will find favor, and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Young's Literal Translation
And find grace and good understanding In the eyes of God and man.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-6 In the way of believing obedience to God's commandments health and peace may commonly be enjoyed; and though our days may not be long upon earth, we shall live for ever in heaven. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; God's mercy in promising, and his truth in performing: live up to them, keep up thine interest in them, and take the comfort of them. We must trust in the Lord with all our hearts, believing he is able and wise to do what is best. Those who know themselves, find their own understandings a broken reed, which, if they lean upon, will fail. Do not design any thing but what is lawful, and beg God to direct thee in every case, though it may seem quite plain. In all our ways that prove pleasant, in which we gain our point, we must acknowledge God with thankfulness. In all our ways that prove uncomfortable, and that are hedged up with thorns, we must acknowledge him with submission. It is promised, He shall direct thy paths; so that thy way shall be safe and good, and happy at last.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - So shalt thou find (vum'lsa); literally, and find. A peculiar use of the imperative, the imperative kal (m'tsa) with vau consecutive (וִ) being equivalent to the future, "thou shalt find," as in the Authorized Version. This construction, where two imperatives are joined, the former containing an exhortation or admonition, the second a promise made on the condition implied in the first, and the second imperative being used as a future, occurs again in Proverbs 4:4; Proverbs 7:2, "Keep my commandments, and live;" 9:6, "Forsake the foolish, and live;" 20:13, "Open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread" (cf. Genesis 42:18; Psalm 37:27; Job 22:21; Isaiah 36:16; Hosea 10:12; Amos 5:4-6; Gesenius, § 130, 2). Delitzsch calls this "an admonitory imperative;" Bottcher, "the desponsive imperative." Compare the Greek construction in Menander, Οϊδ ὅτι ποίησον, for ποιήσεις, "Know that this you will do." Find (matza); here simply "to attain," "obtain," not necessarily implying previous search, as in Proverbs 17:20. Favour (khen). The same word is frequently translated "grace," and means the same thing; Vulgate, gratia; LXX., χαρίς. For the expression, "to find favour" (matsa khen), see Genesis 6:8; Exodus 33:12; Jeremiah 31:2; comp. Luke 1:30, Αῦρες γὰρ χάριν παρὰ τῷ Θεῷ." For thou hast found favour [or, 'grace'] with God." spoken by Gabriel to the Virgin. Good understanding (sekel tov); i.e. good sagacity, or prudence. So Delitzsch, Bertheau, Kamph. A true sagacity, prudence, or penetrating judgment will be adjudicated by God and man to him who possesses the internal excellence of love and truth. The Hebrew sekel is derived from sakal, "to act wisely or prudently," and has this intellectual meaning in Proverbs 13:15; Psalm 111:10 (see also 1 Samuel 25:3 and 2 Chronicles 30:22). The Targum Jonathan reads, intellectus et benignitas, thus throwing the adjective into a substantival form; the Syriac, intellectus simply. Ewald, Hitzig, Zockler, and others, on the other hand, understand sekel as referring to the judgment formed of any one, the favourable opinion or view which is entertained of hint by others, and hence take it as reputation, or estimation. The man who has love and truth will be held in high esteem by God and man. Our objection to this rendering is that it does not seem to advance the meaning of the passage beyond that of "favour." Another, mentioned by Delitzsch, is that sekel is never used in any other sense than that of intellectus in the Mishle. The marginal reading, "good success," i.e. prosperity, seems inadmissible here, as the hiph. has'kil, "to cause to prosper," as in Proverbs 17:8; Joshua 1:7; Deuteronomy 29:9, does not apply in this instance any more than in Psalm 111:10, margin. In the sight of God and man (b'eyney elohim v'adam); literally, in the eyes of Elohim and man; i.e. according to the judgment of God and man (Zockler); Vulgate, coram Deo et hominibus. A simpler form of this phrase is found in 1 Samuel 2:26, where Samuel is said to have found favour with the Lord, and also with men. So in Luke 2:52 Jesus found favour "with God and man (παρὰ Θεῷ καὶ ἀνθρώποις)" (comp. Genesis 10:9; Acts 2:47, Romans 14:18). The two conditions of favor and sagacity, or prudence, are not to be assigned respectively to God and man (as Ewald and Hitzig), or that finding favour has reference more to God, and being deemed prudent refers more to man. The statement is universal. Both these conditions will be adjudged to the man who has mercy and truth by God in heaven and man on earth at the same time (see Delitszch). The LXX., "after favour," instead of the text, reads, "and provide good things in the sight of the Lord and men," quoted by St. Paul (2 Corinthians 8:21).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

So shall thou find favour,.... Or "grace" (i); the grace of God, and larger measures of it; as Noah did, Genesis 6:8; which are communicated to men when in the way of their duty: or good will, esteem, and respect, among men; as Joseph had with Potiphar, and the keeper of the prison, Genesis 39:4;

and good understanding in the sight of God and man; as Christ, as man, had in the sight of both, Luke 2:52; that is, to be taken notice of, regarded, and approved by both. Some render it "good success" (k); prosperity in things temporal and spiritual; see Psalm 111:10. There is something lovely, and of good report, in a close attention to the doctrines and duties of religion; which make a man amiable in the sight of others, and which is followed with a blessing from the Lord.

(i) "gratiam", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, &c. (k) "successum optimum", Junius & Tremellius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. favour—grace, amiability (Pr 22:11; Ps 45:2); united with this,

a good understanding—(Compare Margin), a discrimination, which secures success.

in the sight … man—such as God and man approve.

Proverbs 3:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Trust in the Lord
3Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man. 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.…
Cross References
Luke 2:52
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

2 Corinthians 8:21
For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.

1 Samuel 2:26
And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with people.

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

Proverbs 8:35
For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.

Proverbs 12:2
Good people obtain favor from the LORD, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.

Proverbs 13:15
Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.
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So shall you find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

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Genesis 39:2-4,21 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he …

1 Samuel 2:26 And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with the LORD, …

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding …

Daniel 1:9 Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince …

Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord …

Romans 14:18 For he that in these things serves Christ is acceptable to God, and …

good understanding

Joshua 1:7,8 Only be you strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do …

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding …

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