Parallel Verses

Amplified

He who diligently seeks good seeks [God's] favor, but he who searches after evil, it shall come upon him.

New American Standard Bible

He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him.

King James Version

He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.

Holman Bible

The one who searches for what is good finds favor,
but if someone looks for trouble, it will come to him.

International Standard Version

The person seeking good will find favor, but anyone who searches for evil it will find him!

A Conservative Version

He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but he who searches after evil, it shall come to him.

American Standard Version

He that diligently seeketh good seeketh favor; But he that searcheth after evil, it shall come unto him.

Bible in Basic English

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.

Darby Translation

He that is earnest after good seeketh favour; but he that searcheth for mischief, it shall come upon him.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

He that seeks good early shall find favour, but unto him that seeks evil, it shall come upon him.

Julia Smith Translation

He seeking good shall strive after acceptance: and he seeking evil, it shall come to him.

King James 2000

He that diligently seeks good procures favor: but he that seeks evil, it shall come unto him.

Lexham Expanded Bible

He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but he who inquires of evil, it will come to him.

Modern King James verseion

He who carefully seeks good gets favor; but he who seeks mischief, it shall come to him.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

He that laboureth for honesty findeth his desire; but whoso seeketh after mischief, it shall happen unto him.

NET Bible

The one who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but the one who searches for evil -- it will come to him.

New Heart English Bible

He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but he who searches after evil, it shall come to him.

The Emphasized Bible

He that diligently seeketh good, aimeth at favour, but, he that studieth mischief, it shall come on himself.

Webster

He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come to him.

World English Bible

He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but he who searches after evil, it shall come to him.

Youngs Literal Translation

Whoso is earnestly seeking good Seeketh a pleasing thing, And whoso is seeking evil -- it meeteth him.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
שׁחר 
Shachar 
Usage: 12

רצן רצון 
Ratsown 
Usage: 56

but he that seeketh
דּרשׁ 
Darash 
Usage: 164

it shall come

come, bring, ... in, enter, go, carry, ...down, pass, ...out,
Usage: 0

Verse Info

Context Readings

Proverbs Of Solomon

26 The people curse him who holds back grain [when the public needs it], but a blessing [from God and man] is upon the head of him who sells it. 27 He who diligently seeks good seeks [God's] favor, but he who searches after evil, it shall come upon him. 28 He who leans on, trusts in, and is confident in his riches shall fall, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like a green bough.



Cross References

Esther 7:10

So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king's wrath was pacified.

Psalm 7:15-16

He made a pit and hollowed it out and has fallen into the hole which he made [before the trap was completed].

Psalm 57:6

They set a net for my steps; my very life was bowed down. They dug a pit in my way; into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Psalm 9:15-16

The nations have sunk down in the pit that they made; in the net which they hid is their own foot caught.

Psalm 10:2

The wicked in pride and arrogance hotly pursue and persecute the poor; let them be taken in the schemes which they have devised.

Proverbs 17:11

An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a stern and pitiless messenger shall be sent against him.

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