New International Version
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
King James Bible
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Darby Bible Translation
Iron is sharpened by iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
World English Bible
Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend's countenance.
Young's Literal Translation
Iron by iron is sharpened, And a man sharpens the face of his friend.
Proverbs 27:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Iron sharpeneth iron - As hard iron, viz., steel, will bring a knife to a better edge when it is properly whetted against it: so one friend may be the means of exciting another to reflect, dive deeply into, and illustrate a subject, without which whetting or excitement, this had never taken place. Had Horace seen this proverb in the Septuagint translation when he wrote to the Pisos?
Ergo fungar vice cotis, acutum
Reddere quae ferrum valet, exors ipsa secandi.
Hor. Ars. Poet., ver. 304.
"But let me sharpen others, as the hone
Gives edge to razors, though itself have none."
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