Proverbs 8:35
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English Standard Version
For whoever 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.

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:

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In Proverbs 8:28, Proverbs 8:29, these two features of the figure of the creation of the world return (the beginning of the firmament, and the embankment of the under waters); hence we see that the discourse here makes a fresh start with a new theme:

28 "When He made firm the ether above,

     When He restrained the fountains of the waters;

29 When He set to the sea its bounds,

     That the waters should not pass their limits

     When He settled the pillars of the earth;

30 Then was I with Him as director of the work,

     And was delighted day by day,

     Rejoicing always before Him,

31 Rejoicing in His earth,

     And having my delight in the children of men."

We have, with Symmachus, translated שׁחקים (from שׁחק, Arab. shaḳ, to grind, to make thin) by αἰθέρα, for so the fine transparent strata of air above the hanging clouds are called - a poetic name of the firmament רקיע. The making firm עמּץ is not to be understood locally, but internally of the spreading out of the firmament over the earth settled for continuance (an expression such as Psalm 78:23). In 28b the Masora notices the plur. עינות instead of עינות with לית as unicum (cf. Michlol 191a); the transition of the sound is as in גּלית from galajta. The inf. עזוז appears on the first look to require a transitive signification, as the lxx and the Targ., the Graec. Venet. and Luther (da er festiget die Brnnen der tieffen equals when He makes firm the fountains of the deep) have rendered it. Elster accordingly believes that this signification must be maintained, because בּ here introduces creative activity, and in itself is probably the transitive use of עזז, as the Arab. 'azz shows: when He set His עז against the מים עזּים (Isaiah 43:16). But the absence of the subject is in favour of the opinion that here, as everywhere else, it is intransitive; only we may not, with Hitzig, translate: when the fountains of the flood raged wildly; but, since 28b, if not a creative efficiency, must yet express a creative work, either as Ewald, with reference to מעוז, fortress: when they became firm, or better as Fleischer, with reference to מים עזים: when they broke forth with power, with strong fulness. Whether the suff. of חקּו, 29a, refers back to the sea or to Jahve, is decided after the parallel פּיו. If this word is equivalent to its coast (cf. Psalm 104:9), then both suffixes refer to the sea; but the coast of the sea, or of a river, is called שׂפה, not פּה, which only means ostium (mouth), not ora. Also Isaiah 19:7 will require to be translated: by the mouth of the Nile, and that פי, Psalm 133:2, may denote the under edge, arises from this, that a coat has a mouth above as well as below, i.e., is open. Thus both suff. are to be referred to God, and פיו d is to be determined after Job 23:12. The clause beginning with ומים corresponds in periodizing discourse to a clause with ut, Ewald, 338. בּחוּקו is the same form, only written plene, as Proverbs 8:27, בּחקו equals בּחקּו equals בּחקקו.

(Note: One might regard it as modified from בחקקו; but that שׁוּרי, Psalm 102:12, is modified from שׁררי, or הורי, Genesis 49:26, from הררי, is by no means certain.)

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Proverbs 1:33 But whoever listens to me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

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 whoever believes in him should not perish...

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.

Philippians 3:8 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord...

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 this life is in his Son...


Proverbs 12:2 A good man obtains favor of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

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

Cross References
John 17:3
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

Proverbs 3:4
So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:22
and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.

Proverbs 4:22
For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.

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

Proverbs 12:2
A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but a man of evil devices he condemns.

Proverbs 18:22
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.

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