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.

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

New King James Version
I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.

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

NASB 1995
“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.

NASB 1977
“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.

Amplified Bible
“I love those who love me; And those who seek me early and diligently will find me.

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

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

American Standard Version
I love them that love me; And those that seek me diligently shall find me.

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

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
I love them that love me: and they that in the morning early watch for me, shall find me.

English Revised Version
I love them that love me; and those that seek me diligently shall find me.

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
I love those loving me, And those seeking me earnestly 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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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
Now 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 his father David, 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,


Treasury of Scripture

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









(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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

those who love me,
אֵהָ֑ב (’ê·hāḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 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 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 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present


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