Many seek the ruler’s favor; but every man’s judgment cometh from the LORD.
– Proverbs 29:26
The word for favor literally means face and comes from a root meaning to turn. Favor is the dynamic equivalence of the term, for the sense is seeking favor. The contrast in the second line is judgment, or justice, coming from God. The contrast is further demonstrated between many seeking human favor and every man receiving justice from God. The saying contributes to understanding the folly of relying on men for justice rather than God (Proverbs 19:6).