Proverbs 17:9
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New American Standard Bible
He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.

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

Darby Bible Translation
He that covereth transgression seeketh love; but he that bringeth a matter up again separateth very friends.

World English Bible
He who covers an offense promotes love; but he who repeats a matter separates best friends.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is covering transgression is seeking love, And whoso is repeating a matter Is separating a familiar friend.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Seeketh love - i. e., Takes the course which leads to his gaining it.

He that repeateth a matter - The warning is directed against that which leads a man to dwell with irritating iteration on a past offence instead of burying it in oblivion.

Separateth very friends - Better, alienateth his chief friend. The tale-bearer works injury to himself.

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The Unrivalled Friend
A sermon (No. 899) delivered on Lord's Day morning, November 7th, 1869, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."--Proverbs 17:17. There is one thing about the usefulness of which all men are agreed, namely, friendship; but most men are soon aware that counterfeits of friendship are common as autumn leaves. Few men enjoy from others the highest and truest form of friendship. The friendships of this world are
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Raising of the Young Man of Nain - the Meeting of Life and Death.
THAT early spring-tide in Galilee was surely the truest realisation of the picture in the Song of Solomon, when earth clad herself in garments of beauty, and the air was melodious with songs of new life. [2625] It seemed as if each day marked a widening circle of deepest sympathy and largest power on the part of Jesus; as if each day also brought fresh surprise, new gladness; opened hitherto unthought-of possibilities, and pointed Israel far beyond the horizon of their narrow expectancy. Yesterday
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,

James 5:20
let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.

Proverbs 16:28
A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.

Proverbs 17:10
A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding Than a hundred blows into a fool.

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