'Favour' in the Bible
So the people came crowding up, asking Pilate to grant them the usual favour.
But the angel said, "Do not be frightened, Mary, for you have found favour with God.
And the child grew and became strong and full of wisdom, and the favour of God rested upon Him.
And as Jesus grew older He gained in both wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
And they, when they came to Jesus, earnestly entreated Him, pleading, "He deserves to have this favour granted him,
praising God and being regarded with favour by all the people. Also, day by day, the Lord added to their number those whom He was saving.
Yes, you disowned the holy and righteous One, and asked as a favour the release of a murderer.
and delivered him from all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him governor over Egypt and all the royal household.
David obtained favour with God, and asked leave to provide a dwelling-place for the God of Jacob.
And God, who knows all hearts, gave His testimony in their favour by bestowing the Holy Spirit on them just as He did on us;
asking it as a favour, to Paul's prejudice--to have him brought to Jerusalem. They were planning an ambush to kill him on the way.
If, however, I have done wrong and have committed any offence for which I deserve to die, I do not ask to be excused that penalty. But if there is no truth in what these men allege against me, no one has the right to give me up to them as a favour. I appeal to Caesar."
and as the harbour was inconvenient for wintering in, the majority were in favour of putting out to sea, to try whether they could get to Phoenix--a harbour on the coast of Crete facing north-east and south-east--to winter there.
But in the case of a man who works, pay is not reckoned a favour but a debt;
through whom also, as the result of faith, we have obtained an introduction into that state of favour with God in which we stand, and we exult in hope of some day sharing in God's glory.
It was because I entertained this confidence that I intended to visit you before going elsewhere--so that you might receive a twofold proof of God's favour--
We are not again commending ourselves to your favour, but are furnishing you with a ground of boasting on our behalf, so that you may have a reply ready for those with whom superficial appearances are everything and sincerity of heart counts for nothing.
With earnest entreaty they begged from us the favour of being allowed to share in the service now being rendered to God's people.
For is it man's favour or God's that I aspire to? Or am I seeking to please men? If I were still a man-pleaser, I should not be Christ's bondservant.