Proverbs 27:6
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New International Version
Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

New Living Translation
Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.

English Standard Version
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

New American Standard Bible
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

King James Bible
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.

International Standard Version
Wounds from someone who loves are trustworthy, but kisses from an enemy speak volumes.

NET Bible
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The wounds of a friend are better than the kisses of an enemy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wounds made by a friend are intended to help, but an enemy's kisses are too much to bear.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

King James 2000 Bible
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

American King James Version
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

American Standard Version
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; But the kisses of an enemy are profuse.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better are the wounds of a friend, than the deceitful kisses of an enemy.

Darby Bible Translation
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are profuse.

English Revised Version
Faithful are the wounds of a friend: but the kisses of an enemy are profuse.

Webster's Bible Translation
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

World English Bible
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; although the kisses of an enemy are profuse.

Young's Literal Translation
Faithful are the wounds of a lover, And abundant the kisses of an enemy.
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 6. - Faithful are the wounds of friend. This and the next verse afford examples of the antithetic form of proverb, where the second line gives, as it were, the reverse side of the picture presented by the first. The wounds which a real friend inflicts by his just rebukes are directed by truth and discriminating affection (see Psalm 141:5). But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. So St. Jerome, Fraudulenta oscula odientis. But the verb here used (עתר) has the meaning, among others, "to be abundant or frequent;" hence it is better to take it in this sense here, as "plentiful, profuse." An enemy is lavish with his Judas kisses to hide his perfidy and hatred. Septuagint, "More to be trusted are the wounds of a friend than the spontaneous (ἑκούσια) kisses of an enemy." "Non omnis qui parcia," wrote St. Augustine ('Ep.,' 48, 'ad Vincent.'), "amicus est, neque omnis qui verberat, inimicus."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Faithful are the wounds of a friend,.... That is, friendly reproofs; which, though they may be severe, at least thought so, and may grieve and wound, and cause pain and uneasiness for the present, yet, proceeding from a spirit of love, faithfulness, and integrity, and designed for the good of the person reproved, ought to be kindly received; see Psalm 141:5;

but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful; flow from a deceitful heart, and not to be confided in, as the kisses of Joab and Judas. It may be rather rendered, "are to be deprecated" (y); prayed against, as real evils, hurtful and pernicious; and so the Targum renders it, "are evil". Good is the advice of Isocrates (z),

"reckon them faithful, not who praise everything thou sayest or doest, but those that reprove what is amiss.''

(y) "deprecanda", Junius & Tremillius, Piscator, Cocceius, Amama. (z) Ad Nicoclem, p. 38.



Proverbs 27:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
5Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed. 6Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. 7A sated man loathes honey, But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet.…
Cross References
Matthew 26:49
Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him.

Psalm 141:5
Let a righteous man strike me--that is a kindness; let him rebuke me--that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.

Proverbs 20:30
Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.

Proverbs 27:7
One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

Proverbs 28:23
Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.
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Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

the wounds

2 Samuel 12:7 And Nathan said to David, You are the man. Thus said the LORD God …

Job 5:17,18 Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects: therefore despise not …

Psalm 141:5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove …

Hebrews 12:10 For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; …

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

the kisses

Proverbs 10:18 He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.

Proverbs 26:23-26 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross…

2 Samuel 20:9,10 And Joab said to Amasa, Are you in health, my brother? And Joab took …

Matthew 26:48-50 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall …

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