Proverbs 8:35

35 For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.

Proverbs 8:35 in Other Translations

KJV
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
ESV
35 For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD,
NLT
35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD .
MSG
35 When you find me, you find life, real life, to say nothing of God's good pleasure.
CSB
35 For the one who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord,

Proverbs 8:35 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 8:35

For whoso findeth me findeth life
Of finding Christ, (See Gill on Proverbs 3:13). Such that find Christ find "life" or "lives" {z}, life spiritual and eternal; till they are found of Christ, and find him in effectual calling, they are dead; but, when called by his grace and converted, they live a life of justification and sanctification; they live a life of faith on Christ, of holiness from him, and communion with him: and such that find life in this sense find spiritual food in and from Christ, to support this life; and spiritual clothing, a justifying righteousness, called the justification of life, and which is the comfort of it; and rest in him, which makes life pleasant and delightful. Such an one finds that which of all things is most valuable, the life of his immortal soul; and which he can find nowhere else; and which, being found, can never be lost, for he finds eternal life in him; and has both a right unto it, and a meetness for it; yea, has the beginning, pledge, and earnest of it, ( 1 John 5:11 1 John 5:12 ) ; and shall obtain favour of the Lord;
by which is meant, not favour among men, though that is had from the Lord, it is he that gives it; nor temporal blessings, for in this sense favour is not to men of spiritual skill and wisdom; rather spiritual blessings, an access to God, acceptance with him; the presence of God, and communion with him; peace of conscience, and every needful supply of grace: but it seems most principally to design the love, grace, and good will of God, the spring and fountain of all blessings: and "obtaining" it does not intend getting an interest in it, for that is free and sovereign; nor is there anything in men, or done by them, which can procure it; but an enjoyment of it. The word F1 used signifies a drawing it out, as water out of a well; and denotes that it is before it is drawn out or manifested; that it is in the heart of God, and lies hid there, from whence it flows as from a well or fountain; and is enjoyed in the exercise of the grace of faith; when the Lord remembers his people, and encompasses them about with it; or draws it out in great lengths, or grants continued and comfortable manifestations of it; see ( Psalms 36:10 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F26 (Myyx) "vitas", Montanus.
F1 (qpy) "educet", Pagninus, Montanus; "hauriet", V. L. "haurit", Vatablus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "depromit", Schultens.

Proverbs 8:35 In-Context

33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.”

Cross References 3

  • 1. Proverbs 3:13-18
  • 2. Proverbs 9:6; John 5:39-40
  • 3. S Job 33:26; Proverbs 12:2