Proverbs 27:17
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English Standard Version
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

King James Bible
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

American Standard Version
Iron sharpeneth iron; So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

English Revised Version
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Webster's Bible Translation
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Proverbs 27:17 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This proverb has, in common with the preceding tristich, the form of an address:

Become wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice,

That I may give an answer to my accusers.

Better than "be wise" (Luther), we translate "become wise" (lxx σοφὸς γίνου); for he who is addressed might indeed be wise, though not at present so, so that his father is made to listen to such deeply wounding words as these, "Cursed be he who begat, and who educated this man" (Malbim). The cohortative clause 11b (cf. Psalm 119:42) has the force of a clause with a purpose (Gesen. 128:1): ut habeam quod iis qui me convicientur regerere possim; it does not occur anywhere in the Hezekiah collection except here.

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1 Samuel 13:20,21 But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his ax, and his mattock...

Joshua 1:18 Whoever he be that does rebel against your commandment, and will not listen to your words in all that you command him...

Joshua 2:24 And they said to Joshua, Truly the LORD has delivered into our hands all the land...

1 Samuel 11:9,10 And they said to the messengers that came, Thus shall you say to the men of Jabeshgilead, To morrow, by that time the sun be hot...

1 Samuel 23:16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.

2 Samuel 10:11,12 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then you shall help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for you...

Job 4:3,4 Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands...

Isaiah 35:3,4 Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees...

1 Thessalonians 3:3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.

2 Timothy 1:8,12 Be not you therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner...

2 Timothy 2:3,9-13 You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ...

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works:

James 1:2 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations;

1 Peter 4:12,13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you...

Cross References
Proverbs 27:16
to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in one's right hand.

Proverbs 27:18
Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored.

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