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n. acceptance, approval, blessing, kind act, pleasing, respect, token of good will | v. resemble, appearance
Also see: Grace
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Topical Concordance for Favor

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Genesis 4:4 - God respected Abel and his offering to Him. He had God's favor; Cain didn't.

One example of having God's favor is the life of Joseph, where favor could be explained as "what's wrong, works out right" or "in trouble, God turns situations". (John 16:33, Romans 8:28)

Joseph was his father's favorite, but his mother had died young, his older brothers hated him for his attitude and dreams enough to kill or sell him into slavery, and he was separated from his father and his land. God was with Joseph so that he prospered, and Joseph found favor with his Egyptian boss. But the boss's wife gave inappropriate favor and lied about Joseph so that he was sent to jail and forgotten for years. But Joseph found favor with the keeper of the prison, and gave God's interpretation of some dreams. Released from prison two years later, he was needed to interprete Pharaoh's dream. Again, favor preceded trouble; 7 years of plenty came before 7 years of regional famine. The famine extended to Canaan where his family lived, and Joseph, his father, and family were reunited before the father Jacob, called Israel by God, eventually died of old age. (Also see: Favor and Intervention)

FAVOR [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]

fa'-ver (chen, ratson, with other Hebrew words; charis):
Means generally good will, acceptance, and the benefits flowing from these; in older usage it meant also the countenance, hence, appearance. Alternating in English Versions of the Bible with "grace," it is used chiefly of man, but sometimes also of God (Genesis 18:3; 30:27; 39:21; Exodus 3:21; 2 Samuel 15:25, "in the eyes of Yahweh," etc.).

It is used perhaps in the sense of "countenance" in Proverbs 31:30, "Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain" (the King James Version), where for "favor" the Revised Version (British and American) has "grace"; the reference is to external appearance. "Favored" is used in the sense of "appearance" in the phrase "well-favored" (Genesis 29:17; 39:6; 41:2,4).; conversely, "ill-favored" (Genesis 41:3-4).

For "favor" the Revised Version (British and American) has "have pity on" (Psalms 109:12), "good will" (Proverbs 14:9), "peace" (Song of Solomon 8:10); the English Revised Version "grace" (Ruth 2:13), the American Standard Revised Version "kindness" (Esther 2:17; Daniel 1:9), etc.

In the American Standard Revised Version "the acceptable year of the Lord" (Isaiah 61:2) is changed into "the year of Yahweh's favor"; "Do I now persuade men" (Galatians 1:10) into, "Am I now seeking the favor of men," and there are other the Revised Version (British and American) changes.

W. L. Walker

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