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But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
(Genesis 6:8) ESV

So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had.
(Genesis 39:4) ESV

So when the king's order and his edict were proclaimed, and when many young women were gathered in Susa the citadel in custody of Hegai, Esther also was taken into the king's palace and put in custody of Hegai, who had charge of the women. And the young woman pleased him and won his favor. And he quickly provided her with her cosmetics and her portion of food, and with seven chosen young women from the king's palace, and advanced her and her young women to the best place in the harem.
(Esther 2:8,9) ESV

When the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his own daughter, to go in to the king, she asked for nothing except what Hegai the king's eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised. Now Esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her. And when Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign, the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Then the king gave a great feast for all his officials and servants; it was Esther's feast. He also granted a remission of taxes to the provinces and gave gifts with royal generosity.
(Esther 2:15-18) ESV

For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.
(Psalm 5:12) ESV

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!
(Psalm 90:17) ESV

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.
(Proverbs 18:22) ESV

And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
(Luke 2:52) ESV1

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A gift in season is a double favor to the needy.
--Publilius Syrus Roman Writer Born 85 BC Died 43 BC

Favor and honor sometimes fall more fitly on those who do not desire them.
--Titus Livius Roman Historian Born 59 BC Died 17

Favor comes because for a brief moment in the great space of human change and progress some general human purpose finds in him a satisfactory embodiment.
--Franklin D. Roosevelt American President Born 1882 Died 1945

Humility is the gateway into the grace and the favor of God.
--Harold Warner

If you can't return a favor, pass it on.
--Louise Brown English Celebrity Born 1978

Never claim as a right what you can ask as a favor.
--John Churton Collins English Critic Born 1848 Died 1908

To refuse graciously is to confer a favor.
--Publilius Syrus Roman Writer Born 85 BC Died 43 BC4

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Favour and the Bible

What Does the Bible Say About..God's Favor?

And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men. (1 Samuel 2:26)

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:52)

What does it mean to find favor with God? Interestingly, why does God use the exact same description for Samuel and Jesus? Perhaps the latter question can be answered with the idea that both came at a time and place in order to save their nation or the world. But what does the Bible say about finding favor with God?

A psalmist said that the favor of God was the difference between life and death. "For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled." (Psalm 30:5-7) In other psalms we find that the favor of God is the same as his mercy and, importantly, God's salvation of man. "I entreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word." (Psalm 119:58) "Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation." (Psalm 106:4) So it is important, even vital, that we find the favor of God.

So how do we find that favor with God. The book of Proverbs tells us how. Somewhat surprisingly, considering the verses from Samuel and Luke, one way to find favor with God is to find a wife. (Proverbs 18:22) Obviously that was not the method used by the young Samuel or by the young Jesus. But it is one way.

One of the things Solomon emphasized in his treatise on growing up that makes up much of the book of Proverbs is finding wisdom. Chapter 8 is all about wisdom, and concludes with the relationship to finding wisdom and finding God's favor. "For whoso findeth me [wisdom] findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death." (Proverbs 8:35-36)

Further, Solomon says we find God's grace by following his mercy and truth. "Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man." (Proverbs 3:3-4)

That is what the Bible says about the favor of God, particularly in relationship to 1 Samuel 2:26. Other than the similarity in wording between the passages in Samuel and Luke, the favor of God in 1 Samuel and the grace of God in salvation through his son seem to be two totally separate concepts. One is about individuals finding some undefined favor with God and man. The other is about what God has granted to man with no consideration for man earning or doing anything to obtain it. God sent his son as a sacrifice for sin in spite of man being sinful. That is, he sent Jesus Christ to save us even when we weren't worthy of that salvation.2


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Definition of Favour

1. an approving attitude; good will

2. an act performed out of good will, generosity, or mercy

3. prejudice and partiality; favouritism

4. a condition of being regarded with approval or good will (esp in the phrases in favour, out of favour)

5. Archaic leave; permission

6. a token of love, goodwill, etc.

7. a small gift or toy given to a guest at a party

8. (Historical Terms) History a badge or ribbon worn or given to indicate loyalty, often bestowed on a knight by a lady3 




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