Proverbs 8:17
New International Version
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

New Living Translation
"I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me.

English Standard Version
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

Berean Study Bible
I love those who love me, and those who seek me early shall find me.

New American Standard Bible
"I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.

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

Christian Standard Bible
I love those who love me, and those who search for me find me.

Contemporary English Version
I love everyone who loves me, and I will be found by all who honestly search.

Good News Translation
I love those who love me; whoever looks for me can find me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I love those who love me, and those who search for me find me.

International Standard Version
I love those who love me, and those who seek me will find me.

NET Bible
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

New Heart English Bible
I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I love my friends, and those who seek me will find me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I love those who love me. Those eagerly looking for me will find me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I love them that love me, And those that seek me earnestly shall find me.

New American Standard 1977
“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I love those that love me, and those that seek me early shall find me.

King James 2000 Bible
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

American King James Version
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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I love those that love me; and they that seek me 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.

Darby Bible Translation
I love those that love me; and they that seek me early 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.

World English Bible
I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me.

Young's Literal Translation
I love those loving me, And those seeking me earnestly do find me.
Study Bible
The Excellence of Wisdom
16By me princes rule, and all nobles who govern justly. 17I love those who love me, and those who seek me early shall find me. 18With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and righteousness.…
Cross References
John 7:37
On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.

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

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

1 Samuel 2:30
Therefore, the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: 'I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever. But now the LORD declares: Far be it from Me! For I will honor those who honor Me, but those who despise Me will be disdained.

2 Chronicles 34:3
In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of David his forefather, and in the twelfth year he began to cleanse Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherah poles, the carved idols, and the cast images.

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

Proverbs 2:4
if you seek it like silver and search it out like hidden treasure,

Proverbs 2:5
then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 4:6
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will guard you.

Proverbs 8:16
By me princes rule, and all nobles who govern justly.

Song of Solomon 3:4
I had just passed them when I found the one I love. I held him and would not let go until I had brought him to my mother's house, to the chamber of the one who conceived me.

Treasury of Scripture

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







Lexicon
I
אֲ֭נִי (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

love
אֹהֲבַ֣י (’ō·hă·ḇay)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f

those who love me,
אֵהָ֑ב (’ê·hāḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f

and those who seek me early
וּ֝מְשַׁחֲרַ֗י (ū·mə·ša·ḥă·ray)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7836: To dawn, be, early at any task, to search for

shall find me.
יִמְצָאֻֽנְנִי׃ (yim·ṣā·’un·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | first person common singular, Paragogic nun
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present
(17) I love them that love me.--Comp. John 14:21 : he that loveth me. . . . I will love him.

Verse 17. - I love them that love me. So Christ says (John 14:21), "He that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself unto him" Love attracts love. "Magues amoris est amor." They who love virtue and wisdom are regarded with favour by God. whoso inspiration they have obeyed, obtaining grace for grace. So Ben Sira says, "Them that love her the Lord doth love "(Ecclus. 4:14); so Wisd. 7:28, "God loveth none but him that dwelleth with Wisdom." The Septuagint changes the verbs in this clause, though they are parts of the same word in the Hebrew: Ἐγὼ τοὺς ἐμὲ φιλοῦντας ἀγαπῶ. This reminds one of the passage in the last chapter of St. John (John 21:15-17). where a similar interchange is made. Those that seek me early shall find me (see the contrast in Proverbs 1:28). "Early" may mean from tender years; but more probably it is equivalent to "earnestly," "strenuously," as people deeply interested in any pursuit rise betimes to set about the necessary work (comp. Isaiah 26:9; Hosea 5:15). The Septuagint, "They who seek (ζητοῦντες) me shall find." So the Lord says (Matthew 7:7), "Seek (ζητεῖτε), and ye shall find;" Ecclus. 4:12, "He that loveth her loveth life; and they that seek to her early (οἱ ὀρθρίζοντες πρὸς αὐτὴν) shall be filled with joy" (comp. Luke 21:38). 8:12-21 Wisdom, here is Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; it is Christ in the word, and Christ in the heart; not only Christ revealed to us, but Christ revealed in us. All prudence and skill are from the Lord. Through the redemption of Christ's precious blood, the riches of his grace abound in all wisdom and prudence. Man found out many inventions for ruin; God found one for our recovery. He hates pride and arrogance, evil ways and froward conversation; these render men unwilling to hear his humbling, awakening, holy instructions. True religion gives men the best counsel in all difficult cases, and helps to make their way plain. His wisdom makes all truly happy who receive it in the love of Christ Jesus. Seek him early, seek him earnestly, seek him before any thing else. Christ never said, Seek in vain. Those who love Christ, are such as have seen his loveliness, and have had his love shed abroad in their hearts; therefore they are happy. They shall be happy in this world, or in that which is beyond compare better. Wealth gotten by vanity will soon be diminished, but that which is well got, will wear well; and that which is well spent upon works of piety and charity, will be lasting. If they have not riches and honour in this world, they shall have that which is infinitely better. They shall be happy in the grace of God. Christ, by his Spirit, guides believers into all truth, and so leads them in the way of righteousness; and they walk after the Spirit. Also, they shall be happy in the glory of God hereafter. In Wisdom's promises, believers have goods laid up, not for days and years, but for eternity; her fruit therefore is better than gold.
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