Proverbs 11:27
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New International Version
Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.

New Living Translation
If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you!

English Standard Version
Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.

New American Standard Bible
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him.

King James Bible
He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who searches for what is good finds favor, but if someone looks for trouble, it will come to him.

International Standard Version
The person seeking good will find favor, but anyone who searches for evil—it will find him!

NET Bible
The one who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but the one who searches for evil--it will come to him.

New Heart English Bible
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but he who searches after evil, it shall come to him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that seeks good seeks delight, and he that seeks evil, it will come upon him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever eagerly seeks good searches for good will, but whoever looks for evil finds it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favour; But he that searcheth for evil, it shall come unto him.

New American Standard 1977
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor,
            But he who searches after evil, it will come to him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that seeks good early shall find favour, but unto him that seeks evil, it shall come upon him.

King James 2000 Bible
He that diligently seeks good procures favor: but he that seeks evil, it shall come unto him.

American King James Version
He that diligently seeks good procures favor: but he that seeks mischief, it shall come to him.

American Standard Version
He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favor; But he that searcheth after evil, it shall come unto him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Well doth he rise early who seeketh good things; but he that seeketh after evil things shall be oppressed by them.

Darby Bible Translation
He that is earnest after good seeketh favour; but he that searcheth for mischief, it shall come upon him.

English Revised Version
He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favour: but he that searcheth after mischief, it shall come unto him.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come to him.

World English Bible
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but he who searches after evil, it shall come to him.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is earnestly seeking good Seeketh a pleasing thing, And whoso is seeking evil -- it meeteth him.
Study Bible
A False Balance is an Abomination
26He who withholds grain, the people will curse him, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it. 27He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him. 28He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.…
Cross References
Esther 7:10
So they hanged Haman on the gallows which he had prepared for Mordecai, and the king's anger subsided.

Psalm 7:15
He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has fallen into the hole which he made.

Psalm 7:16
His mischief will return upon his own head, And his violence will descend upon his own pate.

Psalm 57:6
They have prepared a net for my steps; My soul is bowed down; They dug a pit before me; They themselves have fallen into the midst of it. Selah.
Treasury of Scripture

He that diligently seeks good procures favor: but he that seeks mischief, it shall come to him.

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Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. …

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Psalm 57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they …

(27) Procureth favour.--By the very act of striving after good, he is seeking for the favour of both God and man.

Verse 27. - He that diligently seeketh good; literally, he that seeketh in the morning, as so often in Scripture, the phrase, "rising early," implies unimpaired powers and diligence (Proverbs 27:14; Jeremiah 7:13, etc,). Procureth favour; better, seeketh favour; by his very act of striving after what is good, he is striving to do what may please and benefit others, and thus to please God. Vulgate, "Well does he rise early who seeketh good." It - mischief - shall come unto him; the consequences of his evil life shall fall upon his end. Says an Indian proverb, "When men are ripe for slaughter, even straws turn into thunderbolts." He that diligently seeketh good,.... Or "early"; who rises early in the morning, as the word (e) signifies, and seeks both to do good, and to enjoy it all the day; who, in the first place, seeks the kingdom of God and his righteousness; who, in the morning of his youth, inquires after the best things; and diligently pursues what is for his own good and welfare, and that of others, and for the glory of God:

procureth favour, both of God and men: or, "seeketh favour" (f); or that which is acceptable and well-pleasing unto God;

but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him; that seeks to do hurt to others; that which he seeks to do to them shall come upon himself; see Psalm 9:15; so antichrist, that leads into captivity, shall go into captivity; and that kills with the sword, shall be killed by it, Revelation 13:10.

(e) "qui mane quaerit", Vatablus; "quarens mane", Montanus; "qui mane vestigat", Schultens; "bene consurgit diluculo", V. L. so the Targum and Ben Melech. (f) "quaerit favorem, beneplacitum", Vatablus, Michaelis; "benevolentiam", Junius & Tremellius, Mercerus, Gejerus. 27. good [and] mischief—that is, of others.

procureth … seeketh—implying success.11:1 However men may make light of giving short weight or measure, and however common such crimes may be, they are an abomination to the Lord. 2. Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy the humble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. 3. An honest man's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. 4. Riches will stand men in no stead in the day of death. 5,6. The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its own punishment. 7. When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish; but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. 8. The righteous are often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations, and the ungodly go in their stead. 9. Hypocrites delude men into error and sin by artful objections against the truths of God's word. 10,11. Nations prosper when wicked men are cast down. 12. A man of understanding does not judge of others by their success. 13. A faithful man will not disclose what he is trusted with, unless the honour of God and the real good of society require it. 14. We shall often find it to our advantage to advise with others. 15. The welfare of our families, our own peace, and our ability to pay just debts, must not be brought into danger. But here especially let us consider the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in becoming Surety even for enemies. 16. A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. 17. A cruel, froward, ill-natured man, is vexatious to those that are, and should be to him as his own flesh, and punishes himself. 18. He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward, as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. 19. True holiness is true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits, the more he hastens his own destruction. 20. Nothing is more hateful to God, than hypocrisy and double dealing, which are here signified. God delights in such as aim and act with uprightness. 21. Joining together in sin shall not protect the sinners. 22. Beauty is abused by those who have not discretion or modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. 23. The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return upon themselves. 24. A man may grow poor by not paying just debts, not relieving the poor, not allowing needful expenses. Let men be ever so saving of what they have, if God appoints, it comes to nothing. 25. Both in temporal and spiritual things, God commonly deals with his people according to the measure by which they deal with their brethren. 26. We must not hoard up the gifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. 27. Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for those that are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves.
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