Proverbs 8:17
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English Standard Version
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

King James Bible
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

American Standard Version
I love them that love me; And those that seek me diligently shall find me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I love them that love me: and they that in the morning early watch for me, shall find me.

English Revised Version
I love them that love me; and those that seek me diligently shall find me.

Webster's Bible Translation
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Proverbs 8:17 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Her self-commendation is continued in the resumed address:

10 "Receive my instruction, and not silver,

     And knowledge rather than choice gold!

11 For wisdom is better than corals,

     And all precious jewels do not equal her.

12 I, Wisdom, inhabit prudence,

     And the knowledge of right counsels is attainable by me."

Instead of ולא־כּסף influenced by קחוּ, is ואל־כסף with תּקחוּ to be supplied; besides, with most Codd. and older editions, we are to accentuate קחוּ מוּסרי with the erasure of the Makkeph. "Such negations and prohibitions," Fleischer remarks, "are to be understood comparatively: instead of acquiring silver, rather acquire wisdom. Similar is the old Arabic 'l-nâr w-l'-'l-'âr, the fire, and not the disgrace! Also among the modern Arabic proverbs collected by Burckhardt, many have this form, e.g., No. 34, alḥajamat balafas wala alḥajat alanas, Better to let oneself be cut with the axe then to beg for the favour of another" 10b is to be translated, with Jerome, Kimchi, and others: and knowledge is more precious than fine gold (נבחר, neut.: auro pretiosius); and in view of Proverbs 16:16, this construction appears to be intended. But Fleischer has quite correctly affirmed that this assertatory clause is unsuitably placed as a parallel clause over against the preceding imperative clause, and, what is yet more important, that then Proverbs 8:11 would repeat idem per idem in a tautological manner. We therefore, after the Aramaic and Greek translators, take כסף נבחר together here as well as at Proverbs 8:19, inasmuch as we carry forward the קחו: et scientiam prae auro lectissimo, which is also according to the accentuation. Equally pregnant is the מן in מחרוּץ of the passage Proverbs 3:14-15, which is here varied.

Proverbs 8:17 Parallel Commentaries

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1 Samuel 2:30 "Therefore the LORD God of Israel declares, 'I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father should walk before Me forever'; but now the LORD declares, 'Far be it from Me-- for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.

Proverbs 2:4 If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;

Proverbs 2:5 Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 4:6 "Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you.

John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.

John 14:21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him."

James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Cross References
John 7:37
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.

John 14:21
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him."

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

1 Samuel 2:30
Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: 'I promised that your house and the house of your father should go in and out before me forever,' but now the LORD declares: 'Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

2 Chronicles 34:3
For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of David his father, and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, and the carved and the metal images.

Proverbs 1:28
Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.

Proverbs 2:4
if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,

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