Proverbs 11:17
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New International Version
Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.

New Living Translation
Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you.

English Standard Version
A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.

New American Standard Bible
The merciful man does himself good, But the cruel man does himself harm.

King James Bible
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings disaster on himself.

International Standard Version
A gracious man benefits himself, but the cruel person damages himself.

NET Bible
A kind person benefits himself, but a cruel person brings himself trouble.

New Heart English Bible
The merciful man does good to his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A pure man lays down a good reward for his soul and an unmerciful man destroys his body.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A merciful person helps himself, but a cruel person hurts himself.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul; But he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

New American Standard 1977
The merciful man does himself good,
            But the cruel man does himself harm.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The merciful man does good to his own soul, but the cruel man troubles his own flesh.

King James 2000 Bible
The merciful man does good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubles his own flesh.

American King James Version
The merciful man does good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubles his own flesh.

American Standard Version
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul; But he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A merciful man doth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel casteth off even his own kindred.

Darby Bible Translation
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul; but the cruel troubleth his own flesh.

English Revised Version
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

Webster's Bible Translation
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

World English Bible
The merciful man does good to his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.

Young's Literal Translation
A kind man is rewarding his own soul, And the fierce is troubling his own flesh.
Study Bible
A False Balance is an Abomination
16A gracious woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches. 17The merciful man does himself good, But the cruel man does himself harm. 18The wicked earns deceptive wages, But he who sows righteousness gets a true reward.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:7
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Matthew 25:34
Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Treasury of Scripture

The merciful man does good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubles his own flesh.

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Psalm 41:1-4 Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him …

Psalm 112:4-9 To the upright there rises light in the darkness: he is gracious, …

Isaiah 32:7,8 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he devises wicked devices …

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful …

Isaiah 58:7-12 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the …

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your …

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 6:14,15 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will …

Matthew 25:34-40 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and …

2 Corinthians 9:6-14 But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; …

Philippians 4:17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

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Proverbs 15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubles his own house; but he that hates …

Job 20:19-23 Because he has oppressed and has forsaken the poor; because he has …

Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yes, he has neither …

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

James 5:1-5 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall …

(17) The merciful man.--Rather, one who shows love. (See above on Proverbs 3:3.) Our good and evil deeds return to us in blessings or curses. (Comp. Proverbs 11:25.)

Verse 17. - The merciful man; the kind, loving man. Septuagint, ἀνὴρ ἐλεήμων. His own soul; i.e. himself. His good deeds return in blessings upon himself. "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy" (Matthew 5:7) Troubleth his own flesh; brings retribution on himself. Some commentators, comparing Ecclus. 14:5 ("He that is evil to himself, to whom will he be good?"), translate, "He who does good to himself is a kind man to others, and he who troubles his own body will be cruel to others." The sentiment is quite untrue. Self-indulgence does not lead to regard for others; and a severe, ascetic life, while it encourages stern views of human weaknesses, does not make a man cruel and uncharitable. The Vulgate takes "his own flesh" to mean "his neighbours," as Judah calls his brother Joseph "our flesh" (Genesis 37:27). But the parallelism confirms the Authorized Version. The merciful man doeth good to his own soul,.... Or "to himself": a man of mercy or grace, a liberal bountiful man, he comfortably enjoys what God has given him, Ecclesiastes 5:18; and he does good to others with it, and thereby does good to himself also; as well as he is solicitous in a spiritual sense for the good and welfare of his immortal soul;

but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh; a sordid avaricious man withholds from himself that which is meet, will not allow himself the necessaries of life, nor will he provide that which is fit and convenient for his family; he hides himself from his own flesh, and will not communicate to the wants of his nearest friends and relations, and shuts up his bowels of compassion against his own brother; all which may be called a troubling his own flesh; see Isaiah 58:7. R. Levi Ben Gersom interprets this of such who place religion in afflicting and macerating the body by fasting, which the law does not require; and it may fitly be applied to the Papists, who do this by penances and fastings, and whippings and scourgings; and which the apostle calls a neglecting of the body, not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh, Colossians 2:23. 17. merciful—kind to others; opposed to cruel. Such benefit themselves by doing good to others (compare Pr 24:5), while the cruel injure themselves as well as others.

flesh—that is, his body, by penuriousness (Col 2:23).11:1 However men may make light of giving short weight or measure, and however common such crimes may be, they are an abomination to the Lord. 2. Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy the humble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. 3. An honest man's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. 4. Riches will stand men in no stead in the day of death. 5,6. The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its own punishment. 7. When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish; but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. 8. The righteous are often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations, and the ungodly go in their stead. 9. Hypocrites delude men into error and sin by artful objections against the truths of God's word. 10,11. Nations prosper when wicked men are cast down. 12. A man of understanding does not judge of others by their success. 13. A faithful man will not disclose what he is trusted with, unless the honour of God and the real good of society require it. 14. We shall often find it to our advantage to advise with others. 15. The welfare of our families, our own peace, and our ability to pay just debts, must not be brought into danger. But here especially let us consider the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in becoming Surety even for enemies. 16. A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. 17. A cruel, froward, ill-natured man, is vexatious to those that are, and should be to him as his own flesh, and punishes himself. 18. He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward, as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. 19. True holiness is true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits, the more he hastens his own destruction. 20. Nothing is more hateful to God, than hypocrisy and double dealing, which are here signified. God delights in such as aim and act with uprightness. 21. Joining together in sin shall not protect the sinners. 22. Beauty is abused by those who have not discretion or modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. 23. The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return upon themselves. 24. A man may grow poor by not paying just debts, not relieving the poor, not allowing needful expenses. Let men be ever so saving of what they have, if God appoints, it comes to nothing. 25. Both in temporal and spiritual things, God commonly deals with his people according to the measure by which they deal with their brethren. 26. We must not hoard up the gifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. 27. Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for those that are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves.
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