Proverbs 21:14
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New International Version
A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.

King James Bible
A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

Darby Bible Translation
A gift in secret pacifieth anger; and a present in the bosom, vehement fury.

World English Bible
A gift in secret pacifies anger; and a bribe in the cloak, strong wrath.

Young's Literal Translation
A gift in secret pacifieth anger, And a bribe in the bosom strong fury.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Whoso stoppeth his ears - See the conduct of the priest and Levite to the man who fell among thieves; and let every man learn from this, that he who shuts his ear against the cry of the poor, shall have the ear of God shut against his cry. The words are quite plain; there is no difficulty here.

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Proverbs 21:17,8,23 He that loves pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loves wine and oil shall not be rich...

Proverbs 18:16 A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.

Proverbs 19:6 Many will entreat the favor of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that gives gifts.

Genesis 32:20 And say you moreover, Behold, your servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goes before me...

Genesis 43:11 And their father Israel said to them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels...

1 Samuel 25:35 So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and said to her, Go up in peace to your house; see...

in secret

Matthew 6:3,4 But when you do alms, let not your left hand know what your right hand does...

Definition of Actual Grace
1. GENERAL NOTION OF GRACE.--The best way to arrive at a correct definition of actual grace is by the synthetic method. We therefore begin with the general notion of grace. Like "nature,"(3) grace (gratia, {GREEK SMALL LETTER CHI}{GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA WITH OXIA}{GREEK SMALL LETTER RHO}{GREEK SMALL LETTER IOTA}{GREEK SMALL LETTER FINAL SIGMA}) is a word of wide reach, used in a great variety of senses. Habert(4) enumerates no less than fourteen; which, however, may be reduced to four. a) Subjectively,
Joseph Pohle—Grace, Actual and Habitual

How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 16.) Differently to be admonished are the slothful and the hasty. For the former are to be persuaded not to lose, by putting it off, the good they have to do; but the latter are to be admonished lest, while they forestall the time of good deeds by inconsiderate haste, they change their meritorious character. To the slothful therefore it is to be intimated, that often, when we will not do at the right time what we can, before long, when we will, we cannot. For the very indolence of
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Proverbs 17:8
A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it; they think success will come at every turn.

Proverbs 18:16
A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

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

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