New International Version
Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
King James Bible
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Darby Bible Translation
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are profuse.
World English Bible
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; although the kisses of an enemy are profuse.
Young's Literal Translation
Faithful are the wounds of a lover, And abundant the kisses of an enemy.
Proverbs 27:6 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Open rebuke is better than secret love - Plutarch gives an account of a man who, aiming a blow at his enemy's life, cut open an imposthume, which by a salutary discharge saved his life, that was sinking under a disease for which a remedy could not be found. Partial friendship covers faults; envy, malice, and revenge, will exhibit, heighten, and even multiply them. The former conceals us from ourselves; the latter shows us the worst part of our character. Thus we are taught the necessity of amendment and correction. In this sense open rebuke is better than secret love. Yet it is a rough medicine, and none can desire it. But the genuine open-hearted friend may be intended, who tells you your faults freely but conceals them from all others; hence the sixth verse: "Faithful are the wounds of a friend."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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A sermon (No. 94) delivered on Sabbath morning, August 25, 1856, by C. H. Spurgeon at Maberley Chapel, Kingsland, on behalf of the Metropolitan Benefit Societies' Asylum, Ball's Pond Road, Islington. "Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."--Proverbs 27:1. God's most holy Word was principally written to inform us of the way to heaven, and to guide us in our path through this world to the realms of eternal life and light. But as if to teach us that God is …
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Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him.
Let a righteous man strike me--that is a kindness; let him rebuke me--that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.
Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.
One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.
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