Proverbs 1:28
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English Standard Version
Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.

King James Bible
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

American Standard Version
Then will they call upon me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then shall they call upon me, and I will not hear: they shall rise in the morning and shall not find me:

English Revised Version
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me diligently, but they shall not find me:

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

Proverbs 1:28 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The poet has now reached that part of his introduction where he makes use of the very words uttered by Wisdom:

How long, ye simple, will ye love simplicity,

And scorners delight in scorning,

And fools hate knowledge?

Three classes of men are here addressed: the פּתים, the simple, who, being accessible to seduction, are only too susceptible of evil; the לצים, mockers, i.e., free-thinkers (from לוּץ, Arab. luṣ, flectere, torquere, properly qui verbis obliquis utitur); and the כּסילים, fools, i.e., the mentally imbecile and stupid (from כּסל, Arab. kasal, to be thick, coarse, indolent). The address to these passes immediately over into a declaration regarding them; cf. the same enallage, Proverbs 1:27. עד־מתי has the accent Mahpach, on account of the Pasek following; vid., Torath Emeth, p. 26. Intentionally, Wisdom addresses only the פתים, to whom she expects to find soonest access. Between the futt., which express the continuing love and hatred, stands the perf. חמדוּ, which expresses that in which the mockers found pleasure, that which was the object of their love. להם is the so-called dat. ethicus, which reflexively refers to that which is said to be the will and pleasure of the subject; as we say, "I am fond of this and that." The form תּאהבוּ, Abulwald, Parchon, and Kimchi regard as Piel; but תּאהבוּ instead of תּאהבוּ would be a recompensatio of the virtual doubling, defacing the character of the Piel. Schultens regards it as a defectively written Pail (in Syr.), but it is not proved that this conjugation exists in Hebr.; much rather תּאהבוּ is the only possible Kal form with תּאהבוּן without the pause, regularly formed from תּאהבוּ (vid., Ewald, 193, a). The division by the accent Mercha-Mahpach of the two words תאהבו פתי is equal in value to the connecting of them by Makkeph; vid., Baer's Psalterium, p. x. In codd., and also in correct texts, תאהבו is written with the accent Galgal on the first syllable, as the servant of the Mercha-Mahpach. The Gaja is incorrectly here and there placed under the תּ.

Proverbs 1:28 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

shall they

Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh...

Job 27:9 Will God hear his cry when trouble comes on him?

Job 35:12 There they cry, but none gives answer, because of the pride of evil men.

Psalm 18:41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even to the LORD, but he answered them not.

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear...

Jeremiah 11:11 Therefore thus said the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil on them, which they shall not be able to escape...

Jeremiah 14:12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them...

Ezekiel 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: my eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in my ears with a loud voice...

Micah 3:4 Then shall they cry to the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time...

Zechariah 7:13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, said the LORD of hosts:

Matthew 7:22,23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils...

Matthew 25:10-12 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut...

Luke 13:25-28 When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the door, and you begin to stand without, and to knock at the door...

James 4:3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it on your lusts.

they shall seek

Psalm 78:34-36 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and inquired early after God...

Hosea 5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offense, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

Hosea 6:1-4 Come, and let us return to the LORD: for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has smitten, and he will bind us up...

Cross References
James 4:3
You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

1 Samuel 8:18
And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day."

Job 27:9
Will God hear his cry when distress comes upon him?

Job 35:12
There they cry out, but he does not answer, because of the pride of evil men.

Psalm 18:41
They cried for help, but there was none to save; they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them.

Psalm 66:18
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

Proverbs 8:17
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

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