Proverbs 13:17
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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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
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
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Keil 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).

Proverbs 13:17 Parallel Commentaries

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wicked

Proverbs 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

Proverbs 26:6 He that sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off the feet, and drinks damage.

Jeremiah 23:13-16,28 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err...

Ezekiel 3:18 When I say to the wicked, You shall surely die; and you give him not warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way...

Ezekiel 33:7,8 So you, O son of man, I have set you a watchman to the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear the word at my mouth...

2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

but

Proverbs 25:13,23 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refreshes the soul of his masters...

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be you reconciled to God.

1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit you to faithful men...

faithful ambassador or an ambassador of faithfulness

Cross References
Proverbs 25:13
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.

Proverbs 13:18
Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

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