Proverbs 11:17
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English Standard Version
A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.

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

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,

     But by the mouth of the godless it is broken down.

This verse is related, in the way of confirming it, to Proverbs 11:10. The lxx, which omits Proverbs 11:4, here omits 10b and 11a, and combines 10a and 11b into one proverb (vid., Lagarde). The meaning is clear: "by the benedictions and pious prayers of the upright a city rises always to a higher eminence and prosperity; while, on the contrary, the deceitful, arrogant, blasphemous talk of the godless brings ruin to it" (Fl.). The nearest contrast to "by the blessing of the upright" would be "by the cursing of the wicked," but not in the sense of the poet, who means to say that the city raises itself by the blessing of the upright, and on the contrary, when godless men are exalted, then by their words (whose blessing is no better than their curse) it comes to ruin. קרת ( equals קריה) occurs only four times in Proverbs, and in Job 29:7.

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Psalm 41:1-4 Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble...

Psalm 112:4-9 To the upright there rises light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous...

Isaiah 32:7,8 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he devises wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words...

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful men are taken away...

Isaiah 58:7-12 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? when you see the naked...

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your sins by righteousness...

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 also forgive you...

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

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom...

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

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 gifts shall live.

Job 20:19-23 Because he has oppressed and has forsaken the poor; because he has violently taken away an house which he built not...

Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yes, he has neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labor...

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.

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

Cross References
Matthew 5:7
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive 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.

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