Proverbs 11:27

27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,[a] but evil comes to 1him who searches for it.

Proverbs 11:27 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 11:27

He that diligently seeketh good
Or "early"; who rises early in the morning, as the word F5 signifies, and seeks both to do good, and to enjoy it all the day; who, in the first place, seeks the kingdom of God and his righteousness; who, in the morning of his youth, inquires after the best things; and diligently pursues what is for his own good and welfare, and that of others, and for the glory of God: procureth favour,
both of God and men: or, "seeketh favour" F6; or that which is acceptable and well-pleasing unto God; but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him;
that seeks to do hurt to others; that which he seeks to do to them shall come upon himself; see ( Psalms 9:15 ) ; so antichrist, that leads into captivity, shall go into captivity; and that kills with the sword, shall be killed by it, ( Revelation 13:10 ) .


F5 (rxv) "qui mane quaerit", Vatablus; "quarens mane", Montanus; "qui mane vestigat", Schultens; "bene consurgit diluculo", V. L. so the Targum and Ben Melech.
F6 (Nwur vqby) "quaerit favorem, beneplacitum", Vatablus, Michaelis; "benevolentiam", Junius & Tremellius, Mercerus, Gejerus.

Proverbs 11:27 In-Context

25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
26 The people curse him who holds back grain, but a blessing is on the head of him who sells it.
27 Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.
28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
29 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.

Cross References 1

  • 1. See Psalms 7:16

Footnotes 1

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