Proverbs 8:17 (KJV 1900) — 17 I love them that love me; And those that seek me early shall find me.
Mutual respect. Wisdom will not reject any who love her. On the other hand, she will not force herself on those who do not love her. As a magnetic field attracts iron filings, so wisdom will attract those who love her.
The word translated “early” has the connotation of “dawn.” We must not wait until we have exhausted all other possibilities before we turn to wisdom; we should go to wisdom first.