New International Version
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.
New Living Translation
An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings healing.
English Standard Version
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.
New American Standard Bible
A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy brings healing.
King James Bible
A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy courier brings healing.
International Standard Version
An evil messenger stumbles into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.
An unreliable messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An evil messenger falls into affliction and a trustworthy messenger is a healer.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
An undependable messenger gets into trouble, but a dependable envoy brings healing.
Jubilee Bible 2000
A bad messenger shall fall into evil: but a faithful ambassador is medicine.
King James 2000 Bible
A wicked messenger falls into trouble: but a faithful ambassador is health.
American King James Version
A wicked messenger falls into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
American Standard Version
A wicked messenger falleth into evil; But a faithful ambassador is health.
The messenger of the wicked shall fall into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
Darby Bible Translation
A wicked messenger falleth into evil; but a faithful ambassador is health.
English Revised Version
A wicked messenger falleth into evil: but a faithful ambassador is health.
Webster's Bible Translation
A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful embassador is health.
World English Bible
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy gains healing.
Young's Literal Translation
A wicked messenger falleth into evil, And a faithful ambassador is healing.
Parallel CommentariesMatthew Henry's Concise Commentary
13:14. The rule by which the wise regulate their conduct, is a fountain yielding life and happiness. 15. The way of sinners is hard upon others, and hard to the sinner himself. The service of sin is slavery; the road to hell is strewed with the thorns and thistles that followed the curse. 16. It is folly to talk of things of which we know nothing, and to undertake what we are no way fit for. 17. Those that are wicked, and false to Christ and to the souls of men, do mischief, and fall into mischief; but those that are faithful, find sound words healing to others and to themselves. 18. He that scorns to be taught, will certainly be brought down. 19. There are in man strong desires after happiness; but never let those expect any thing truly sweet to their souls, who will not be persuaded to leave their sins. 20. Multitudes are brought to ruin by bad company. And all that make themselves wicked will be destroyed. 21. When God pursues sinners he is sure to overtake them; and he will reward the righteous. 22. The servant of God who is not anxious about riches, takes the best method of providing for his children. 23. The poor, yet industrious, thrive, though in a homely manner, while those who have great riches are often brought to poverty for want of judgment. 24. He acts as if he hated his child, who, by false indulgence, permits sinful habits to gather strength, which will bring sorrow here, and misery hereafter. 25. It is the misery of the wicked, that even their sensual appetites are always craving. The righteous feeds on the word and ordinances, to the satisfying of his soul with the promises of the gospel, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Bread of life.
Verse 17. - A wicked messenger falleth into mischief; misfortune, calamity (Proverbs 17:20). A messenger who is false to his employer shall be detected and punished. The LXX., reading melek for malak, renders, "A rash king shall fall into evils." Such a one adopts inconsiderate measures, makes war unadvisedly, etc. A faithful ambassador (literally, an ambassador of faithfulness, Proverbs 25:13) is health. One who faithfully performs his errand is a source of comfort and satisfaction both to his employer and to those to whom he is sent. Septuagint, "But a wise messenger shall deliver him" - the king.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
A wicked messenger falleth into mischief,.... That does not do his errand right, nor deliver his message faithfully; such an one falls from the degree of honour in which he was into disgrace; he loses his master's favour that sent him; he is degraded from his post and office: he falls "by evil", or "into evil" (r); by the evil of sin, into the evil of punishment. So wicked ministers and false teachers, such who transform themselves into the apostles of Christ and into angels of light, who corrupt the word of God, and handle it deceitfully; these shall receive their just condemnation; since they do a deal of mischief to the souls of men, and therefore shall fall into mischief themselves, even into everlasting perdition;
but a faithful ambassador is health; or, "an ambassador of truths" (s); one that performs his embassy well and truly, he is salutary, useful, and profitable to himself, and to them that send him: the word for ambassador is translated an "hinge", Proverbs 26:14; and he is so called, because upon his negotiations abroad the hinge of political affairs turn at home. An ambassador of Christ, who does his work faithfully, keeps back nothing that is profitable, but declares the whole counsel of God; the sound doctrines he delivers are health to the souls of men; as well as he is approved of God and Christ; and so it turns to his own health and advantage, who will hear one day said unto him, "Well done, good and faithful servant", Matthew 25:23.
(r) "in malum", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Pisccator, &c. (s) "legatus veritatum", Montanus, Vatablus.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
17. A wicked—or, "unfaithful"
messenger falleth into mischief—or, "by mischief," or "evil," and so his errand fails. Contrasted is the character of the faithful, whose faithfulness benefits others.
Proverbs 13:17 Additional Commentaries
A Wise Son Heeds his Father's Instruction
…16Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool displays folly. 17A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy brings healing. 18Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored.…
Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master.
Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
All who are prudent act with knowledge, but fools expose their folly.
Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.
A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil.
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