Proverbs 27:11
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English Standard Version
Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.

King James Bible
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

American Standard Version
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, That I may answer him that reproacheth me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Study wisdom, my son, and make my heart joyful, that thou mayst give an answer to him that reproacheth.

English Revised Version
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

Webster's Bible Translation
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

Proverbs 27:11 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The third pair of proverbs passes over from this special love between husband and wife to that subsisting between friends:

5 Better is open accusation

   Than secret love.

An integral distich; meeאהבה has Munach, and instead of the second Metheg Tarcha, after Thorath Emeth, p. 11. Zckler, with Hitzig, incorrectly: better than love which, from false indulgence, keeps concealed from his neighbour his faults, when he ought to tell him of them. That would require the phrase אהבה מסתּרת, not מסתּרת. Dchsel, in order to accommodate the text to this meaning, remarks: concealed censure is concealed love; but it is much rather the neglected duty of love - love without mutual discipline is weak, faint-hearted, and, if it is not too blind to remark in a friend what is worthy of blame, is altogether too forbearing, and essentially without conscience; but it is not "hidden and concealed love." The meaning of the proverb is different: it is better to be courageously and sternly corrected - on account of some fault committed - by any one, whether he be a foe or a friend, than to be the object of a love which may exist indeed in the heart, but which fails to make itself manifest in outward act. There are men who continually assure us of the reality and depth of their friendship; but when it is necessary for them to prove their love to be self-denying and generous, they are like a torrent which is dry when one expects to drink water from it (Job 6:15). Such "secret" love, or, since the word is not נסתּרת, but מסתּרת, love confined to the heart alone, is like a fire which, when it burns secretly, neither lightens nor warms; and before such a friend, any one who frankly and freely tells the truth has by far the preference, for although he may pain us, yet he does us good; while the former deceives us, for he leaves us in the lurch when it is necessary to love us, not merely in word and with the tongue, but in deed and in truth (1 John 3:18). Rightly Fleischer: Praestat correptio aperta amicitiae tectae, i.e., nulla re probatae.

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be wise

Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

Proverbs 15:20 A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish man despises his mother.

Proverbs 23:15,16,24,25 My son, if your heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine...

Ecclesiastes 2:18-21 Yes, I hated all my labor which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it to the man that shall be after me...

2 John 1:4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of your children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

that I

Psalm 119:42 So shall I have with which to answer him that reproaches me: for I trust in your word.

Psalm 127:4,5 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth...

Cross References
Psalm 2:10
Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.

Psalm 119:42
then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word.

Psalm 127:5
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Proverbs 10:1
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.

Proverbs 23:15
My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.

Proverbs 23:25
Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.

Proverbs 26:16
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.

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