Finding Favor in Proverbs

I’ve been studying the story of Joseph (and Judah) in recent weeks, and the theme of favor has stuck out to me. Joseph finds favor with his father, but not with his brothers. He finds favor with God, but not with his wicked mistress. And ultimately he finds favor with his superiors, even Pharaoh. So if finding favor is an important way God shapes our life, how do we find favor with God and man?

The book of Proverbs has much to say about this, so I’ve made a little chart with references to help.

Finding favor in general

Seek good (Pr. 11:27)

Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,
but evil comes to him who searches for it.

Have good sense (Pr. 13:15)

Good sense wins favor,
but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.

Finding favor with God

Remain in love and faithfulness (Pr. 3:3, 4)

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

Be humble (Pr. 3:34)

Toward the scorners he is scornful,
but to the humble he gives favor.

Find Wisdom (Pr 8:34, 35)

Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the LORD,

Be a good man (Pr. 12:2)

A good man obtains favor from the LORD,
but a man of evil devices he condemns.

Find a wife (Pr. 18:22)

He who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the LORD.

Finding favor with man

Remain in love and faithfulness (Pr. 3:3, 4)

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

Deal wisely (Pr. 14:35)

A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,
but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

Rebuke a man (rather than flatter) (Pr. 28:23)

Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
than he who flatters with his tongue.

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