Proverbs 27:17
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New International Version
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

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

Darby Bible Translation
Iron is sharpened by iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

World English Bible
Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend's countenance.

Young's Literal Translation
Iron by iron is sharpened, And a man sharpens the face of his friend.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Iron sharpeneth iron - As hard iron, viz., steel, will bring a knife to a better edge when it is properly whetted against it: so one friend may be the means of exciting another to reflect, dive deeply into, and illustrate a subject, without which whetting or excitement, this had never taken place. Had Horace seen this proverb in the Septuagint translation when he wrote to the Pisos?

Ergo fungar vice cotis, acutum

Reddere quae ferrum valet, exors ipsa secandi.

Hor. Ars. Poet., ver. 304.

"But let me sharpen others, as the hone

Gives edge to razors, though itself have none."

Francis.

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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...

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To-Morrow
A sermon (No. 94) delivered on Sabbath morning, August 25, 1856, by C. H. Spurgeon at Maberley Chapel, Kingsland, on behalf of the Metropolitan Benefit Societies' Asylum, Ball's Pond Road, Islington. "Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."--Proverbs 27:1. God's most holy Word was principally written to inform us of the way to heaven, and to guide us in our path through this world to the realms of eternal life and light. But as if to teach us that God is
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Honored Servant
A Sermon (No. 2643) Intended for Reading on Lord's Day, October 8th 1899, delivered by C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington on Thursday Evening, June 22nd, 1882. "Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honored."--Proverbs 27:18. In Solomon's day every man sat under his own vine and fig tree, and there was peace throughout the whole country. Then, God's law about dividing out the land among the people so that every man
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

How those who Fear Scourges and those who Contemn them are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 14.) Differently to be admonished are those who fear scourges, and on that account live innocently, and those who have grown so hard in wickedness as not to be corrected even by scourges. For those who fear scourges are to be told by no means to desire temporal goods as being of great account, seeing that bad men also have them, and by no means to shun present evils as intolerable, seeing they are not ignorant how for the most part good men also are touched by them. They are to be admonished
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

The Call of Matthew.
(at or Near Capernaum.) ^A Matt. IX. 9; ^B Mark II. 13, 14; ^C Luke V. 27, 28. ^c 27 And after these thingsa [after the healing of the paralytic] he went forth, ^a again by the seaside [i. e., he left Capernaum, and sought the shore of the sea, which formed a convenient auditorium for him, and which was hence a favorite scene for his teaching]; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them. 14 And as he ^a Jesus passed by from thence, he saw ^c and beheld ^a a man, ^c a publican, named
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
Proverbs 27:16
restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.

Proverbs 27:18
The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.

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