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Compare Translations for Proverbs 11:27

Proverbs 11:27 ASV
He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favor; But he that searcheth after evil, it shall come unto him.
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Proverbs 11:27 BBE
He who, with all his heart, goes after what is good is searching for grace; but he who is looking for trouble will get it.
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Proverbs 11:27 CEB
Those who look for good find favor, but those who seek evil—it will come to them.
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Proverbs 11:27 CJB
He who strives for good obtains favor, but he who searches for evil - it comes to him!
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Proverbs 11:27 RHE
Well doth he rise early who seeketh good things; but he that seeketh after evil things, shall be oppressed by them.
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Proverbs 11:27 ESV
Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.
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Proverbs 11:27 GW
Whoever eagerly seeks good searches for good will, but whoever looks for evil finds it.
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Proverbs 11:27 GNT
If your goals are good, you will be respected, but if you are looking for trouble, that is what you will get.
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Proverbs 11:27 HNV
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, But he who searches after evil, it shall come to him.
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Proverbs 11:27 CSB
The one who searches for what is good finds favor, but if someone looks for trouble, it will come to him.
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Proverbs 11:27 KJV
He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
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Proverbs 11:27 LEB
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but he who inquires of evil, it will come to him.
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Proverbs 11:27 NAS
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him.
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Proverbs 11:27 NCV
Whoever looks for good will find kindness, but whoever looks for evil will find trouble.
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Proverbs 11:27 NIRV
Anyone who looks for what is good finds favor. But bad things happen to a person who plans to do evil.
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Proverbs 11:27 NIV
He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.
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Proverbs 11:27 NKJV
He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.
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Proverbs 11:27 NLT
If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you!
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Proverbs 11:27 NRS
Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to the one who searches for it.
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Proverbs 11:27 RSV
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.
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Proverbs 11:27 DBY
He that is earnest after good seeketh favour; but he that searcheth for mischief, it shall come upon him.
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Proverbs 11:27 MSG
The one who seeks good finds delight; the student of evil becomes evil.
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Proverbs 11:27 WBT
He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come to him.
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Proverbs 11:27 TMB
He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor; but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
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Proverbs 11:27 TNIV
Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to those who search for it.
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Proverbs 11:27 WEB
He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, But he who searches after evil, it shall come to him.
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Proverbs 11:27 WYC
Well (be) he (who) riseth early, that seeketh good things; but he that is a searcher of evils, shall be oppressed of those. (He who riseth early, to seek out the good, shall find favour; but he who searcheth out evils, shall be oppressed by them.)
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Proverbs 11:27 YLT
Whoso is earnestly seeking good Seeketh a pleasing thing, And whoso is seeking evil -- it meeteth him.
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Proverbs 11 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 11

Verse 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. Verse 2 . Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy the humble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. Verse 3 . An honest man's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. Verse 4 . ( proverbs 11:5-6 ) The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its own punishment. Verse 7 . When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish; but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. Verse 8 . The righteous are often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations, and the ungodly go in their stead. Verse 9 . Hypocrites delude men into error and sin by artful objections against the truths of ( proverbs 11:10-11 ) down. Verse 12 . A man of understanding does not judge of others by their success. Verse 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. Verse 14 . We shall often find it to our advantage to advise with others. Verse 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. Verse 16 . A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. Verse 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. Verse 18 . He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward, as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. Verse 19 . True holiness is true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits, the more he hastens his own destruction. Verse 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. Verse 21 . Joining together in sin shall not protect the sinners. Verse 22 . Beauty is abused by those who have not discretion or modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. Verse 23 . The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return upon themselves. Verse 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. Verse 25 . Both in temporal and spiritual things, God commonly deals with his people according to the measure by which they deal with their brethren. Verse 26 . We must not hoard up the gifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. Verse 27 . Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for those that are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves. Verse 28 . The true believer is a branch of the living Vine. When those that take root in the world wither, those who are grafted into Christ shall be fruitful. Verse 29 . He that brings trouble upon himself and his family, by carelessness, or by wickedness, shall be unable to keep and enjoy what he gets, as a man is unable to hold the wind, or to satisfy himself with it. Verse 30 . The righteous are as trees of life; and their influence upon earth, like the fruits of that tree, support and nourish the spiritual life in many. Verse 31 . Even the righteous, when they offend on earth, shall meet with sharp corrections; much more will the wicked meet the due reward of their sins. Let us then seek those blessings which our Surety purchased by his sufferings and death; let us seek to copy his example, and to keep his commandments.

Proverbs 11 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible


Proverbs 11:1-31 .

1. (Compare Margin). The Hebrews used stones for weights.
just--complete in measure.

2. Self-conceit is unteachable; the humble grow wise (compare Proverbs 16:18 , 18:12 ).

3. guide--to lead, as a shepherd ( Proverbs 6:7 , Psalms 78:52 ).
destroy--with violence.

4. (Compare Proverbs 10:2 ).
wrath--that is, of God.

5. direct--or, "make plain"; wicked ways are not plain ( Proverbs 13:17 ).

6. deliver them--that is, from evil, which the wicked suffer by their own doings ( Proverbs 5:22 , Psalms 9:16 ).

7. expectation . . . perish--for death cuts short all his plans ( Luke 16:25 ).
hope of unjust--better, "hope of wealth," or "power" (compare Isaiah 40:29 , Hebrew). This gives an advance on the sentiment of the first clause. Even hopes of gain die with him.

8. Perhaps the trouble prepared by the wicked, and which he inherits (compare Proverbs 11:6 ).

9. (Compare Psalms 35:16 , Daniel 11:32 ). The just is saved by superior discernment.

10, 11. The last may be a reason for the first. Together, they set forth the relative moral worth of good and bad men.

11. By the blessing--implying active benevolence.

12. despiseth--or, "reviles," a course contrasted with the prudent silence of the wise.
holdeth his peace--as if neither hearing nor telling.

13. tale-bearer--(Compare Margin), one trading as a peddler in scandal, whose propensity to talk leads him to betray confidence.

14. counsel--the art of governing ( Proverbs 1:5 ).
counsellors--literally, "one giving counsel"; the participle used as a collective.

15. (Compare Proverbs 6:1 ).
suretiship--(Compare Margin), the actors put for the action, which may be lawfully hated.

16. retaineth--or literally, "lay hold of as a support." Honor is to a feeble woman thus as valuable as riches to men.

17. merciful--kind to others; opposed to cruel. Such benefit themselves by doing good to others (compare Proverbs 24:5 ), while the cruel injure themselves as well as others.
flesh--that is, his body, by penuriousness ( Colossians 2:23 ).

18. a deceitful work--or, "wages," which fail to satisfy, or flee away ( Proverbs 10:2 , 23:5 ).
sure reward--or, "gain," as from trading ( Hosea 10:12 , Galatians 6:8 Galatians 6:9 ).

19. Inference from Proverbs 11:18 (compare Proverbs 11:5 Proverbs 11:6 , Proverbs 10:16 ).

20. (Compare Proverbs 11:5 ).
froward--as in Proverbs 2:15 , opposed to the simplicity and purity of the upright.
in their way--or, "conduct."

21. The combined power of the wicked cannot free them from just punishment, while the unaided children of the righteous find deliverance by reason of their pious relationship ( Psalms 37:25 Psalms 37:26 ).

22. Jewels were often suspended from the nose ( Genesis 24:47 , Isaiah 3:21 ). Thus adorned, a hog disgusts less than a fair and indiscreet woman.

23. (Compare Proverbs 10:28 ).
wrath--is that of God.

24-31. The scope of the whole is a comment on Proverbs 11:23 . Thus liberality, by God's blessing, secures increase, while penuriousness, instead of expected gain, procures poverty.

25. liberal soul--(Compare Margin).
made fat--prospers ( Proverbs 28:25 , Deuteronomy 32:15 , Luke 6:38 ).
watereth . . . watered--a common figure for blessing.

26. Another example of the truth of Proverbs 11:23 ; the miser loses reputation, though he saves corn.
selleth it--that is at a fair price.

27. good [and] mischief--that is, of others.
procureth . . . seeketh--implying success.

28. (Compare Proverbs 10:15 , Psalms 49:6 , 1 Timothy 6:17 ).
righteous . . . branch--( Psalms 1:3 , Jeremiah 17:8 ).

29. troubleth--as Proverbs 15:27 explains, by greediness for gain (compare Proverbs 11:17 ).
inherit . . . wind--Even successful, his gains are of no real value. So the fool, thus acting, either comes to poverty, or heaps up for others.

30. a tree of life--Blessings to others proceed from the works of the righteous ( Proverbs 3:18 ).
winneth souls--(Compare Margin) to do them good as opposed to Proverbs 6:25 , Ezekiel 13:18 (compare Luke 5:10 ).

31. Behold--Thus calling attention to the illustrations (compare Proverbs 11:23 ), the sentiment of which is confirmed even in time, not excluding future rewards and punishments.