Proverbs 8:35
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New International Version
For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.

New Living Translation
For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.

English Standard Version
For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD,

New American Standard Bible
"For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD.

King James Bible
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the one who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD,

International Standard Version
because those who find me find life and gain favor from the LORD.

NET Bible
For the one who finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because my goings forth are the goings forth of Life, and so the will of Lord Jehovah goes forth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For whosoever finds me shall find life and shall obtain the will of the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
For whosoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.

American King James Version
For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.

American Standard Version
For whoso findeth me findeth life, And shall obtain favor of Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord:

Darby Bible Translation
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and obtaineth favour of Jehovah;

English Revised Version
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
For whoever findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor from the LORD.

World English Bible
For whoever finds me, finds life, and will obtain favor from Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
For whoso is finding me, hath found life, And bringeth out good-will from Jehovah.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:32-36 Surely we should hearken to Christ's voice with the readiness of children. Let us all be wise, and not refuse such mercy. Blessed are those who hear the Saviour's voice, and wait on him with daily reading, meditation, and prayer. The children of the world find time for vain amusements, without neglecting what they deem the one thing needful. Does it not show contempt of Wisdom's instructions, when people professing godliness, seek excuses for neglecting the means of grace? Christ is Wisdom, and he is Life to all believers; nor can we obtain God's favour, unless we find Christ, and are found in him. Those who offend Christ deceive themselves; sin is a wrong to the soul. Sinners die because they will die, which justifies God when he judges.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 35. - For whoso findeth me findeth life. Here is the reason why the man is blessed who attends to the instruction of Wisdom. A similar promise is made at Proverbs 3:16, 18, 22. The truth here enunciated is also spoken or the Word of God, the everlasting Son of the Father. John 1:4, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men;" John 3:36, "He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life;" John 17:3, "This is life eternal, that they should know thee the only true God, and him whom thou didst send, even Jesus Christ" (comp. John 8:51; 1 John 5:12; Ecclus. 4:12). Shall obtain favour of the Lord; Vulgate, hauriet salutem, which happily renders the Hebrew verb (Proverbs 12:2). The grace of God bringeth salvation (Titus 2:11). Septuagint, "For my outgoings (ἔξοδοι) are the outgoings of life, and the will is prepared by the Lord (καὶ ἐτοιμάζεται θέλησις παρὰ Κυρίου)." This latter clause was used by the Fathers, especially in the Pelagian controversy, to prove the necessity of prevenient grace (see St. Augustine, 'Enchiridion,' 2:32; 'De Gratia,' 6:16, 17).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For whoso findeth me findeth life,.... Of finding Christ; see Gill on Proverbs 3:13. Such that find Christ find "life" or "lives" (z), life spiritual and eternal; till they are found of Christ, and find him in effectual calling, they are dead; but, when called by his grace and converted, they live a life of justification and sanctification; they live a life of faith on Christ, of holiness from him, and communion with him: and such that find life in this sense find spiritual food in and from Christ, to support this life; and spiritual clothing, a justifying righteousness, called the justification of life, and which is the comfort of it; and rest in him, which makes life pleasant and delightful. Such an one finds that which of all things is most valuable, the life of his immortal soul; and which he can find nowhere else; and which, being found, can never be lost, for he finds eternal life in him; and has both a right unto it, and a meetness for it; yea, has the beginning, pledge, and earnest of it, 1 John 5:11;

and shall obtain favour of the Lord; by which is meant, not favour among men, though that is had from the Lord, it is he that gives it; nor temporal blessings, for in this sense favour is not to men of spiritual skill and wisdom; rather spiritual blessings, an access to God, acceptance with him; the presence of God, and communion with him; peace of conscience, and every needful supply of grace: but it seems most principally to design the love, grace, and good will of God, the spring and fountain of all blessings: and "obtaining" it does not intend getting an interest in it, for that is free and sovereign; nor is there anything in men, or done by them, which can procure it; but an enjoyment of it. The word (a) used signifies a drawing it out, as water out of a well; and denotes that it is before it is drawn out or manifested; that it is in the heart of God, and lies hid there, from whence it flows as from a well or fountain; and is enjoyed in the exercise of the grace of faith; when the Lord remembers his people, and encompasses them about with it; or draws it out in great lengths, or grants continued and comfortable manifestations of it; see Psalm 36:10.

(z) "vitas", Montanus. (a) "educet", Pagninus, Montanus; "hauriet", V. L. "haurit", Vatablus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "depromit", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

35. (Compare Lu 13:23, 24).

Proverbs 8:35 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Excellence of Wisdom
34"Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at my doorposts. 35"For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD. 36"But he who sins against me injures himself; All those who hate me love death."
Cross References
John 17:3
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

Proverbs 3:4
Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:22
they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.

Proverbs 4:22
for they are life to those who find them and health to one's whole body.

Proverbs 9:6
Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight."

Proverbs 12:2
Good people obtain favor from the LORD, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.

Proverbs 18:22
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.

Ecclesiastes 7:12
Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.
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For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.

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Proverbs 1:33 But whoever listens to me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet …

Proverbs 3:13-18 Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding…

John 3:16,36 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that …

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

Philippians 3:8 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency …

Colossians 3:3 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

1 John 5:11,12 And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and …

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Proverbs 12:2 A good man obtains favor of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices …

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

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