English Standard Version
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.
King James Bible
A wicked messenger falleth 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.
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.
Proverbs 13:17 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
11 Wealth by means of fraud always becomes less;
But he that increaseth it by labour gains always more.
We punctuate הון־מהבל (with Makkeph, as in Ven. 1521, Antw. 1582, Frank.-on-the-Oder 1595, Gen. 1618, Leyden 1662), not הון מהבל (as other editions, and e.g., also Lwenstein); for the meaning is not that the wealth becomes less by הבל (Targ., but not the Syr.), or that it is less than הבל (Umbreit), but הון־מהבל is one idea: wealth proceeding from הבל; but הבל tub ;הב, properly a breath (Theod. ἀπὸ ἀτμοῦ or ἀτμίδος), then appearance without reality (Aquila, ἀπὸ ματαιότητος), covers itself here by that which we call swindle, i.e., by morally unrestrained fraudulent and deceitful speculation in contrast to solid and real gain. The translations: ἐπισπουδαζομένη μετὰ ἀνομίας (lxx), ὑπερσπουδαζομένη (Symmachus, Quinta),
(Note: A fragment of an anonymous translation, so called from the place it holds in Origen's Hexapla.)
festinata (Jerome), do not necessarily suppose the phrase מהבּל equals מבהל, Proverbs 20:21 Kerı̂, for wealth which comes מהבל is obtained in a windy (unsubstantial) manner and as if by storm, of which the proverb holds good: "so gewonnen so zerronnen" ( equals quickly come, quickly go). מהבל needs neither to be changed into that unhebraic מהבּל (Hitzig) nor into the cognate מבהל (Ewald), but yet inferior to מהבל in the content of its idea. The contrast of one who by fraud and deception quickly arrives at wealth is one who brings it together in his hand, ἐπὶ χειρός (Venet.), i.e., always as often as he can bear it in his hand and bring it forth (Ewald, Bertheau, Elster, and Lagarde), or according to the measure of the hand, κατὰ χεῖρα (which means "according to external ability"), so that על, which is applied to the formation of adverbs, e.g., Psalm 31:24 (Hitzig) - by both explanations על־יד has the meaning of "gradually," - is used as in the post-bibl. Hebr. על יד על יד equals מעט מעט, e.g., Schabbath 156a (vid., Aruch under על) (distinguish from ביד equals with thought, intentionally, Berachoth 52b). There is scarcely a word having more significations that יד. Connected with על, it means at one time side or place, at another mediation or direction; that which is characteristic here is the omission of the pronoun (על־ידו, על־ידיו). The lxx translates על יד with the unrestrained freedom which it allows to itself by μετ ̓ εὐσεβείας, and has following πληθυνθήσεται another line, δίκαιος οἰκτείρει καὶ κιχρᾷ (from Psalm 37:26).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
faithful ambassador or an ambassador of faithfulness
Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.
Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.
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