Proverbs 8:36

36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.”

Proverbs 8:36 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
English Standard Version (ESV)
36 but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death."
New Living Translation (NLT)
36 But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death.”
The Message Bible (MSG)
36 But if you wrong me, you damage your very soul; when you reject me, you're flirting with death."
American Standard Version (ASV)
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: All they that hate me love death.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
36 Whoever sins against me harms himself. All those who hate me love death."
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
36 but the one who sins against me harms himself; all who hate me love death."
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
36 But those who don't find me harm only themselves. Everyone who hates me loves death."

Proverbs 8:36 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 8:36

But he that sinneth against me
Or misses the mark, as the word F2 signifies; and which is observed by Aben Ezra; see ( Judges 20:16 ) . Christ is the mark and scope of the counsels of God; of the covenant of grace; of the Scriptures; of the Gospel, the truths and promises of it; of the graces of the Spirit, and of all spiritual duties and services; and to whom we are to look for heaven and eternal happiness, ( Philippians 3:14 ) ; and such miss the mark who look for salvation elsewhere, either by the light of nature; or by the law of Moses; or by any moral performances, or any religious exercises; or by a mere profession of religion, even the best. The word is frequently used for sinning; which is an aberration or straying from, or missing, the mark of the law. Some sin against Christ doctrinally, who say he is not come in the flesh, or that Jesus is not the Christ; who deny his proper deity, his divine and eternal Sonship; and treat his blood, righteousness and salvation, with any degree of contempt: they sin against him practically that slight his Gospel, neglect his ordinances, transgress his laws, and evilly treat his people. Sinning against him is very aggravating; it is against him in whom all grace and mercy is, and from whom it comes to the sons of men; who is the Saviour of men from sin, and in whom alone salvation is. Wherefore everyone that thus sins against him wrongeth his own soul;
is injurious to it, and to the spiritual and eternal welfare of it; all sin is hurtful to the souls of men, especially sins against Christ; since there is no other Saviour but him, no other sacrifice for sin but his; and therefore to such there can be no other than a fearful looking for of judgment, that trample him under foot, and treat his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice, in a contemptuous manner, ( Hebrews 10:26-29 ) ; all they that hate me;
as do the seed of the serpent, the whole world that lies in wickedness, all unregenerate persons, and even many professors of religion; they hate him privately, being without love to him, or loving others more than him; and positively and practically, by despising his Gospel, or not walking worthy of it; by disclaiming doctrines, casting off his yoke, and maltreating his people; all which arise from the corruption of their nature; for this hatred or enmity is original and natural; it is deeply rooted in their minds, and irreconcilable without the grace of God, and is always undeserved. Wherefore such are said to love death;
not formally and intentionally, for death in any shape cannot be desirable; not a corporeal death, and much less an eternal one; but interpretatively and consequentially, as they love that which brings death upon them both in body and soul, and so are reckoned to love death itself.


F2 (wajx) "qui vero aberraverit a me", Michaelis.

Proverbs 8:36 In-Context

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 2

  • 1. Proverbs 15:32; Isaiah 3:9; Jeremiah 40:2
  • 2. S Job 28:22
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