Proverbs 17:9
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English Standard Version
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

King James Bible
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

American Standard Version
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; But he that harpeth on a matter separateth chief friends.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that concealeth a transgression. seeketh friendships: he that repeateth it again, separateth friends.

English Revised Version
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love: but he that harpeth on a matter separateth chief friends.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

3 The fining-pot for silver, and the furnace for gold;

   And a trier of hearts is Jahve.

An emblematical proverb, which means that Jahve is for the heart what the smelting-pot (from צרף, to change, particularly to melt, to refine) is for silver, and what the smelting furnace (כוּר, from כּוּר, R. כר, to round, Exodus 22:20) is for gold, that Jahve is for the heart, viz., a trier (בחן, to grind, to try by grinding, here as at Psalm 7:10) of their nature and their contents, for which, of the proof of metals, is elsewhere (Proverbs 16:2; Proverbs 21:2; Proverbs 24:12) used the word (cf. בּחון, the essay-master, Jeremiah 6:7) תּכן, weigher, or דּורשׁ, searcher (1 Chronicles 28:9). Wherever the subject spoken of is God, the searcher of hearts, the plur. לבּות, once לבבות ecno ,, is used; the form לבבים occurs only in the status conjunctus with the suffix. In Proverbs 27:21 there follow the two figures, with which there is formed a priamel, as at Proverbs 26:3, another tertium comparationis.

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that covereth

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strifes: but love covers all sins.

Psalm 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

seeketh

Proverbs 16:28 A fraudulent man sows strife: and a whisperer separates chief friends.

Cross References
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant

James 5:20
let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

Proverbs 16:28
A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:10
A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.

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