Proverbs 27:5
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New International Version
Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

New Living Translation
An open rebuke is better than hidden love!

English Standard Version
Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

New American Standard Bible
Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed.

King James Bible
Open rebuke is better than secret love.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better an open reprimand than concealed love.

International Standard Version
An open rebuke is better than unspoken love.

NET Bible
Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Public rebuke is better than secret love.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Open criticism is better than unexpressed love.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Open rebuke is better than secret love.

King James 2000 Bible
Open rebuke is better than hidden love.

American King James Version
Open rebuke is better than secret love.

American Standard Version
Better is open rebuke Than love that is hidden.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Open rebuke is better than hidden love.

Darby Bible Translation
Open rebuke is better than hidden love.

English Revised Version
Better is open rebuke than love that is hidden.

Webster's Bible Translation
Open rebuke is better than secret love.

World English Bible
Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is open reproof than hidden love.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:1 We know not what a day may bring forth. This does not forbid preparing for to-morrow, but presuming upon to-morrow. We must not put off the great work of conversion, that one thing needful. 2. There may be occasion for us to justify ourselves, but not to praise ourselves. 3,4. Those who have no command of their passions, sink under the load. 5,6. Plain and faithful rebukes are better, not only than secret hatred, but than love which compliments in sin, to the hurt of the soul. 7. The poor have a better relish of their enjoyments, and are often more thankful for them, than the rich. In like manner the proud and self-sufficient disdain the gospel; but those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, find comfort from the meanest book or sermon that testifies of Christ Jesus. 8. Every man has his proper place in society, where he may be safe and comfortable.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Open rebuke is better than secret love. Love that is hidden and never discloses itself in acts of self-denial or generosity, especially that which from fear of offending does not rebuke a friend, nor speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), when there is good reason for such openness - such disguised love is worse, more objectionable, less beneficial, than the plain speaking which bravely censures a fault, and dares to correct what is wrong by well-timed blame. To hold back blame, it has been said, is to hold back love. "I love not my friend," wrote Seneca ('Ep.,' 25), "if I do not offend him." Plautus, 'Trinum.,' 1:2, 57 -

"Sed tu ex amicis certis mi es certissimus.

Si quid scis me fecisse inscite aut improbe,
Si id non me accusas, tu ipse objurgandus."
Publ. Syr., 'Sent.,' 16, "Amici vitia si feras, facis tua," which Erasmus expounds by adding, "If you take no notice of your friend's faults, they will be imputed to you." Cicero ('De Amicit.,' 24, 25) has some sensible remarks on this subject: "When a man's ears are shut against the truth, so that he cannot hear the truth from a friend, the welfare of such a one is hopeless. Shrewd is the observation of Cato, that some are better served by bitter enemies than by friends who seem to be agreeable; for the former often speak the truth, the latter never.... As therefore both to give and receive advice is the characteristic of true friendship, and that the one should act with freedom, but not harshly, and that the other should accept remonstrance patiently and without resistance, so it should be considered that there is no deadlier bane to friendship than adulation, fawning, and flattery."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Open rebuke is better than secret love. This is to be understood, not of rebuke publicly given; though Aben Ezra thinks public reproof is meant, which, arising from love, is better than that which is done in secret, though in love, as being more effectual; for rebuke among friends should be given privately, according to our Lord's direction, Matthew 18:15; but it signifies reproof given faithfully and plainly, with openness of heart, and without mincing the matter, and palliating the offence; but speaking out freely, and faithfully laying before a person the evil of his sin, in all the circumstances of it, as the Apostle Paul did to Peter, when he withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed, Galatians 2:11. Now such kind of reproof is better than such love to a person as will not suffer him to tell him of his faults, for fear of grieving him, or losing his friendship; or than such love as does not show itself in deeds, and particularly in faithful reproofs; for so to act is to hate a person, and suffer sin to be upon him, Leviticus 19:17.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5, 6. secret love—not manifested in acts is useless; and even, if its exhibition by rebukes wounds us, such love is preferable to the frequent (compare Margin), and hence deceitful, kisses of an enemy.

Proverbs 27:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
4Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But who can stand before jealousy? 5Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed. 6Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.…
Cross References
Galatians 2:14
When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, "You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?

Proverbs 28:23
Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.
Treasury of Scripture

Open rebuke is better than secret love.

Proverbs 28:23 He that rebukes a man afterwards shall find more favor than he that …

Leviticus 19:17 You shall not hate your brother in your heart: you shall in any wise …

Matthew 18:15 Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell …

Galatians 2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth …

1 Timothy 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

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