'Favor' in the Bible
But Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord.
He said, "My lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by and leave your servant.
Your servant has found favor with you, and you have shown me great kindness by sparing my life. But I am not able to escape to the mountains because this disaster will overtake me and I'll die.
But Laban said to him, "If I have found favor in your sight, please stay here, for I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me on account of you."
I have oxen, donkeys, sheep, and male and female servants. I have sent this message to inform my lord, so that I may find favor in your sight.'"
Esau then asked, "What did you intend by sending all these herds to meet me?" Jacob replied, "To find favor in your sight, my lord."
"No, please take them," Jacob said. "If I have found favor in your sight, accept my gift from my hand. Now that I have seen your face and you have accepted me, it is as if I have seen the face of God.
Then Shechem said to Dinah's father and brothers, "Let me find favor in your sight, and whatever you require of me I'll give.
So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal attendant. Potiphar appointed Joseph overseer of his household and put him in charge of everything he owned.
But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him kindness. He granted him favor in the sight of the prison warden.
They replied, "You have saved our lives! You are showing us favor, and we will be Pharaoh's slaves."
The time for Israel to die approached, so he called for his son Joseph and said to him, "If now I have found favor in your sight, put your hand under my thigh and show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt,
When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh's royal court, "If I have found favor in your sight, please say to Pharaoh,
"I will grant this people favor with the Egyptians, so that when you depart you will not leave empty-handed.
(Now the Lord granted the people favor with the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, respected by Pharaoh's servants and by the Egyptian people.)
The Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, and they gave them whatever they wanted, and so they plundered Egypt.
But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God and said, "O Lord, why does your anger burn against your people, whom you have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?
Moses said to the Lord, "See, you have been saying to me, 'Bring this people up,' but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. But you said, 'I know you by name, and also you have found favor in my sight.'
Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your way, that I may know you, that I may continue to find favor in your sight. And see that this nation is your people."
For how will it be known then that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not by your going with us, so that we will be distinguished, I and your people, from all the people who are on the face of the earth?"
The Lord said to Moses, "I will do this thing also that you have requested, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name."
and said, "If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, let my Lord go among us, for we are a stiff-necked people; pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance."
And if you come with us, it is certain that whatever good things the Lord will favor us with, we will share with you as well."
And Moses said to the Lord, "Why have you afflicted your servant? Why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of this entire people on me?
But if you are going to deal with me like this, then kill me immediately. If I have found favor in your sight then do not let me see my trouble."
So they said, "If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants for our inheritance. Do not have us cross the Jordan River."
However, only to your ancestors did he show his loving favor, and he chose you, their descendants, from all peoples -- as is apparent today.
You must not pervert justice or show favor. Do not take a bribe, for bribes blind the eyes of the wise and distort the words of the righteous.
Of Naphtali he said: O Naphtali, overflowing with favor, and full of the Lord's blessing, possess the west and south.
When their fathers or brothers come and protest to us, we'll say to them, "Do us a favor and let them be, for we could not get each one a wife through battle. Don't worry about breaking your oath! You would only be guilty if you had voluntarily given them wives.'"
She said, "May I, your servant, find favor in your sight." So the woman went her way and got something to eat. Her face no longer looked sad.
Now the boy Samuel was growing up and finding favor both with the Lord and with people.
"At this time tomorrow I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin. You must consecrate him as a leader over my people Israel. He will save my people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have looked with favor on my people. Their cry has reached me!"
I thought, 'Now the Philistines will come down on me at Gilgal and I have not sought the Lord's favor.' So I felt obligated to offer the burnt offering."
Taking an oath, David again said, "Your father is very much aware of the fact that I have found favor with you, and he has thought, 'Don't let Jonathan know about this, or he will be upset.' But as surely as the Lord lives and you live, there is about one step between me and death!"
He said, 'Permit me to go, for we are having a family sacrifice in the city, and my brother urged me to be there. So now, if I have found favor with you, let me go to see my brothers.' For that reason he has not come to the king's table."
Ask your own servants; they can tell you! May my servants find favor in your sight, for we have come at the time of a holiday. Please provide us -- your servants and your son David -- with whatever you can spare."
David said to Achish, "If I have found favor with you, let me be given a place in one of the country towns so that I can live there. Why should your servant settle in the royal city with you?"
Then Joab bowed down with his face toward the ground and thanked the king. Joab said, "Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, my lord the king, because the king has granted the request of your servant!"
Then the king said to Zadok, "Take the ark of God back to the city. If I find favor in the Lord's sight he will bring me back and enable me to see both it and his dwelling place again.
The king said to Ziba, "Everything that was Mephibosheth's now belongs to you." Ziba replied, "I bow before you. May I find favor in your sight, my lord the king."
I, the servant of my lord the king, give it all to the king!" Araunah also told the king, "May the Lord your God show you favor!"
She said, "I would like to ask you for just one small favor. Please don't refuse me." He said, "Go ahead and ask, my mother, for I would not refuse you."
The king pled with the prophet, "Seek the favor of the Lord your God and pray for me, so that my hand may be restored." So the prophet sought the Lord's favor and the king's hand was restored to its former condition.
But the Lord had mercy on them and felt pity for them. He extended his favor to them because of the promise he had made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He has been unwilling to destroy them or remove them from his presence to this very day.
He has also conferred his favor on me before the king, his advisers, and all the influential leaders of the king. I gained strength as the hand of the Lord my God was on me, and I gathered leaders from Israel to go up with me.
and said to the king, "If the king is so inclined and if your servant has found favor in your sight, dispatch me to Judah, to the city with the graves of my ancestors, so that I can rebuild it."
This young woman pleased him, and she found favor with him. He quickly provided her with her cosmetics and her rations; he also provided her with the seven specially chosen young women who were from the palace. He then transferred her and her young women to the best quarters in the harem.
If I have found favor in the king's sight and if the king is inclined to grant my request and perform my petition, let the king and Haman come tomorrow to the banquet that I will prepare for them. At that time I will do as the king wishes.
"Have I ever said, 'Give me something, and from your fortune make gifts in my favor'?
You gave me life and favor, and your intervention watched over my spirit.
You will lie down with no one to make you afraid, and many will seek your favor.
The Lord delivers; you show favor to your people. (Selah)
Realize that the Lord shows the godly special favor; the Lord responds when I cry out to him.
Certainly you reward the godly, Lord. Like a shield you protect them in your good favor.
Certainly the Lord is just; he rewards godly deeds; the upright will experience his favor.
Such purity characterizes the people who seek his favor, Jacob's descendants, who pray to him. (Selah)
Do not hold against me the sins of my youth or my rebellious acts! Because you are faithful to me, extend to me your favor, O Lord!
They experience his favor; their descendants inherit the land.
Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience the Lord's favor in the land of the living?
For his anger lasts only a brief moment, and his good favor restores one's life. One may experience sorrow during the night, but joy arrives in the morning.
O Lord, in your good favor you made me secure. Then you rejected me and I was terrified.
How great is your favor, which you store up for your loyal followers! In plain sight of everyone you bestow it on those who take shelter in you.
For they did not conquer the land by their swords, and they did not prevail by their strength, but rather by your power, strength and good favor, for you were partial to them.
Rich people from Tyre will seek your favor by bringing a gift.
Because you favor Zion, do what is good for her! Fortify the walls of Jerusalem!
For the music director; to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm, a song. May God show us his favor and bless us! May he smile on us! (Selah)
I asked, "Will the Lord reject me forever? Will he never again show me his favor?
When he struck them down, they sought his favor; they turned back and longed for God.
For the Lord God is our sovereign protector. The Lord bestows favor and honor; he withholds no good thing from those who have integrity.
For the music director; written by the Korahites, a psalm. O Lord, you showed favor to your land; you restored the well-being of Jacob.
Show me evidence of your favor! Then those who hate me will see it and be ashamed, for you, O Lord, will help me and comfort me.
How blessed are the people who worship you! O Lord, they experience your favor.
For you give them splendor and strength. By your favor we are victorious.
May our sovereign God extend his favor to us! Make our endeavors successful! Yes, make them successful!
I will favor the honest people of the land, and allow them to live with me. Those who walk in the way of integrity will attend me.
Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people! Pay attention to me, when you deliver,
I seek your favor with all my heart. Have mercy on me as you promised!
Look, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female servant look to the hand of her mistress, so my eyes will look to the Lord, our God, until he shows us favor.
Show us favor, O Lord, show us favor! For we have had our fill of humiliation, and then some.
Then you will find favor and good understanding, in the sight of God and people.
Although he is scornful to arrogant scoffers, yet he shows favor to the humble.
For the one who finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.
The one who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but the one who searches for evil -- it will come to him.
A good person obtains favor from the Lord, but the Lord condemns a person with wicked schemes.
Keen insight wins favor, but the conduct of the unfaithful is harsh.
Fools mock at reparation, but among the upright there is favor.
The one who oppresses the poor insults his Creator, but whoever shows favor to the needy honors him.
The king shows favor to a wise servant, but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.
In the light of the king's face there is life, and his favor is like the clouds of the spring rain.
Many people entreat the favor of a generous person, and everyone is the friend of the person who gives gifts.
A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
The appetite of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor is shown no favor in his eyes.
A good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth, good favor more than silver or gold.
The one who reproves another will in the end find more favor than the one who flatters with the tongue.
The words of a wise person win him favor, but the words of a fool are self-destructive.
The Beloved: I was a wall, and my breasts were like fortress towers. Then I found favor in his eyes.
This is what the Lord says: "At the time I decide to show my favor, I will respond to you; in the day of deliverance I will help you; I will protect you and make you a covenant mediator for people, to rebuild the land and to reassign the desolate property.
Foreigners will rebuild your walls; their kings will serve you. Even though I struck you down in my anger, I will restore my favor and have compassion on you.
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