NKJV - 16 A man's gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.
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I would say that this verse is indicating that if a person offers a gift to someone who is in a position of power, that gift will have the effect of allowing the giver of the gift to gain access and influence with the person to whom the gift is given. A similar thought is expressed in the previous chapter of Proverbs (Proverbs 17:8). However, in some translations of that earlier verse, the "gift" is more graphically described as a "bribe". (In my opinion, this is not intended as a guide as to how followers of God should act, but is meant as a practical description of the way in which the "real world" often operates.)
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