Proverbs 19:6

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

Read Proverbs 19:6 Using Other Translations

Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
Many seek the favor of a generous man, and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts.
Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts!

What does Proverbs 19:6 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 19:6

Many will entreat the favour of the prince
Or of the liberal and bountiful man; as kings and princes generally are, ( Luke 22:25 ) ; such have many to wait upon them, and are humble petitioners to them. Aben Ezra and Gersom interpret the many of great and honourable men, who are courtiers to kings and princes; who wait upon them, ask favours of them, and seek for places under them. The Targum is,

``there are many that minister before a prince;''
he has many servants, and some of them nobles; and every man [is] a friend to him that giveth gifts;
or "to a man of gift" F11: who has it in his power to give, and has a heart to it; who is both a rich man and a liberal man; who is both able and willing to communicate to the necessities of others: such a man not only has the poor his friends, but others will speak well of him, and will make application to him on account of the poor; and, for the sake of doing good to them, will court his friendship and acquaintance. Bayne interprets this "man of gift" of Christ, who ascended on high, and received gifts for men, and gives them to men.

F11 (Ntm vyal) "viro doni", Montanus, Vatablus, Michaelis.
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