Proverbs 1:28
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New International Version
"Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me,

New Living Translation
"When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.

English Standard Version
Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.

New American Standard Bible
"Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,

King James Bible
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they will call me, but I won't answer; they will search for me, but won't find me.

International Standard Version
"Then they will call out to me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.

NET Bible
Then they will call to me, but I will not answer; they will diligently seek me, but they will not find me.

New Heart English Bible
Then will they call on me, but I will not answer. They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then they will call on me and I shall not answer them, and they will come early to my presence and they will not find me

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"They will call to me at that time, but I will not answer. They will look for me, but they will not find me,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then will they call me, but I will not answer, They will seek me earnestly, but they shall not find me.

New American Standard 1977
“Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
            They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then they shall call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

King James 2000 Bible
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

American King James Version
Then shall they call on me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

American Standard Version
Then will they call upon me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then shall they call upon me, and I will not hear: they shall rise in the morning and shall not find me:

Darby Bible Translation
-- then will they call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me early, and shall not find me.

English Revised Version
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me diligently, but they shall not find me:

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

World English Bible
Then will they call on me, but I will not answer. They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me;

Young's Literal Translation
Then they call me, and I do not answer, They seek me earnestly, and find me not.
Study Bible
Wisdom Calls Aloud
27When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you. 28"Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me, 29Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD.…
Cross References
James 4:3
And when you do ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may squander it on your pleasures.

1 Samuel 8:18
"Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day."

Job 27:9
"Will God hear his cry When distress comes upon him?

Job 35:12
"There they cry out, but He does not answer Because of the pride of evil men.

Psalm 18:41
They cried for help, but there was none to save, Even to the LORD, but He did not answer them.

Psalm 66:18
If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;

Proverbs 8:17
"I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.

Proverbs 15:29
The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

Song of Solomon 5:6
"I opened to my beloved, But my beloved had turned away and had gone! My heart went out to him as he spoke. I searched for him but I did not find him; I called him but he did not answer me.

Isaiah 1:15
"So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.
Treasury of Scripture

Then shall they call on me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

shall they

Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for …

Job 27:9 Will God hear his cry when trouble comes on him?

Job 35:12 There they cry, but none gives answer, because of the pride of evil men.

Psalm 18:41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even to the LORD, but …

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

Jeremiah 11:11 Therefore thus said the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil on them, …

Jeremiah 14:12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt …

Ezekiel 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: my eye shall not spare, neither …

Micah 3:4 Then shall they cry to the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will …

Zechariah 7:13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not …

Matthew 7:22,23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied …

Matthew 25:10-12 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were …

Luke 13:25-28 When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the …

James 4:3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume …

they shall seek

Psalm 78:34-36 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and inquired …

Hosea 5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offense, …

Hosea 6:1-4 Come, and let us return to the LORD: for he has torn, and he will …

(28) Then shall they call upon me.--They did not call upon Him in an "acceptable time," in "a day of salvation" (Isaiah 49:8), while He was "near" (Isaiah 55:6); so at last the master of the house has "risen up, and shut-to the door" (Luke 13:25), and will not listen to their cries.

They shall seek me early.--As God had done, "daily rising up early," and sending the prophets unto them (Jeremiah 7:25).

Verse 28. - The phase which the address now enters upon continues to the thirty-first verse. The change in this verse from the second to the third person is striking. It implies that Wisdom thinks fools no longer worthy of being addressed personally - "Quasi stultos indignos censunt ulteriori alloquio" (Gejerus and Michaelis). The declaration is the embodiment of the laughter and scorn of ver. 26. The three verbs, "they shall call," "they shall seek," "they shall find," occur in uncommon and emphatic forms in the original. They are some out of the few instances where the future terminations are inserted fully before the pronominal suffix. I will not answer. The distress and anguish consequent upon their calamity and fear lead them to pray, but there will be no answer nor heed given to their cry. They are not heard, because they do not cry rightly nor in the time of grace (Lapide). See the striking parallel to the tenor of this passage in Luke 13:24-28. They shall seek me early; i.e. diligently. The verb שָׁחַר (shakhar) is the denominative from the substantive שַׁחַר (shakar), "the dawn, morning," and signifies to go out and seek something in the obscurity of the morning twilight (Delitzsch, Zockler), and hence indicates diligence and earnestness in the search. Gesenius gives the same derivation, but connects it with the dawn in the sense of the light breaking forth, and thus, as it were, seeking (see also Proverbs 2:27; 7:15; 8:17; Hosea 5:15). Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer,.... As he called them, and they refused to answer to his call, Proverbs 1:24; so it was just in him to return no answer to them, when they called on him to deliver them from the Romans, and save them from ruin: for this was what they called out for, and what they expected, that the Messiah would come and deliver them; this was what they buoyed themselves up with, and made them so desperate to the last;

they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me; this is the very thing that Christ told the Jews, and much in the same words with these, John 7:34; for when he was gone, and they were in distress, then they sought after the Messiah, in the desert, and in the secret chambers, and in this and the other place, where they were told he was; but, alas! they could not find him: the true Messiah, whom they had rejected, was come and gone, and would return no more, until his second coming to judgment; or, however, till he came in his kingdom and power, to their ruin and destruction; of which coming of his the Scriptures often speak. 28. Now no prayers or most diligent seeking will avail (Pr 8:17).1:20-33 Solomon, having showed how dangerous it is to hearken to the temptations of Satan, here declares how dangerous it is not to hearken to the calls of God. Christ himself is Wisdom, is Wisdoms. Three sorts of persons are here called by Him: 1. Simple ones. Sinners are fond of their simple notions of good and evil, their simple prejudices against the ways of God, and flatter themselves in their wickedness. 2. Scorners. Proud, jovial people, that make a jest of every thing. Scoffers at religion, that run down every thing sacred and serious. 3. Fools. Those are the worst of fools that hate to be taught, and have a rooted dislike to serious godliness. The precept is plain; Turn you at my reproof. We do not make a right use of reproofs, if we do not turn from evil to that which is good. The promises are very encouraging. Men cannot turn by any power of their own; but God answers, Behold, I will pour out my Spirit unto you. Special grace is needful to sincere conversion. But that grace shall never be denied to any who seek it. The love of Christ, and the promises mingled with his reproofs, surely should have the attention of every one. It may well be asked, how long men mean to proceed in such a perilous path, when the uncertainty of life and the consequences of dying without Christ are considered? Now sinners live at ease, and set sorrow at defiance; but their calamity will come. Now God is ready to hear their prayers; but then they shall cry in vain. Are we yet despisers of wisdom? Let us hearken diligently, and obey the Lord Jesus, that we may enjoy peace of conscience and confidence in God; be free from evil, in life, in death, and for ever.
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