Gift clears the way


In The Book of Proverbs, Chapter 18, Verse 16 states:

A man’s gift clears the way for him, and gains him access to great men.

Please explain.


“You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want.”
― Zig Ziglar

You can also look at a gift as being a talent.


IMO, seems like that verse means if you ‘donate’ enough money or something valuable to the ‘right’ people, you will have their ear for a short time…kind of like a lobbyist I guess?!

Or, if is referring to God, then maybe it means you must give enough of yourself as a ‘gift’ in order to be in Gods company…??


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