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

New Living Translation
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

English Standard Version
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

New American Standard Bible
Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

International Standard Version
Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens a friend's character.

NET Bible
As iron sharpens iron, so a person sharpens his friend.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Iron sharpens iron, and a man sharpens the person of his neighbor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[As] iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens the wits of another.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Iron sharpeneth iron; So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

New American Standard 1977
Iron sharpens iron,
            So one man sharpens another.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

King James 2000 Bible
Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

American King James Version
Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens 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.

Darby Bible Translation
Iron is sharpened by 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.

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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
27:15,16. The contentions of a neighbour may be like a sharp shower, troublesome for a time; the contentions of a wife are like constant rain. 17. We are cautioned to take heed whom we converse with. And directed to have in view, in conversation, to make one another wiser and better. 18. Though a calling be laborious and despised, yet those who keep to it, will find there is something to be got by it. God is a Master who has engaged to honour those who serve him faithfully. 19. One corrupt heart is like another; so are sanctified hearts: the former bear the same image of the earthly, the latter the same image of the heavenly. Let us carefully watch our own hearts, comparing them with the word of God. 20. Two things are here said to be never satisfied, death and sin. The appetites of the carnal mind for profit or pleasure are always desiring more. Those whose eyes are ever toward the Lord, are satisfied in him, and shall for ever be so. 21. Silver and gold are tried by putting them into the furnace and fining-pot; so is a man tried by praising him. 22. Some are so bad, that even severe methods do not answer the end; what remains but that they should be rejected? The new-creating power of God's grace alone is able to make a change. 23-27. We ought to have some business to do in this world, and not to live in idleness, and not to meddle with what we do not understand. We must be diligent and take pains. Let us do what we can, still the world cannot be secured to us, therefore we must choose a more lasting portion; but by the blessing of God upon our honest labours, we may expect to enjoy as much of earthly blessings as is good for us.
Study Bible
Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
16He who would restrain her restrains the wind, And grasps oil with his right hand. 17Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another. 18He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored.…
Cross References
Proverbs 27:16
He who would restrain her restrains the wind, And grasps oil with his right hand.

Proverbs 27:18
He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored.
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Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

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1 Samuel 13:20,21 But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every …

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

1 Samuel 11:9,10 And they said to the messengers that came, Thus shall you say to …

1 Samuel 23:16 And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and …

2 Samuel 10:11,12 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then you shall …

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 …

2 Timothy 1:8,12 Be not you therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of …

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 …

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