Proverbs 9:17
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New International Version
"Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!"

King James Bible
Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

Darby Bible Translation
Stolen waters are sweet, and the bread of secrecy is pleasant.

World English Bible
"Stolen water is sweet. Food eaten in secret is pleasant."

Young's Literal Translation
'Stolen waters are sweet, And hidden bread is pleasant.'

Proverbs 9:17 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Stolen waters are sweet - I suppose this to be a proverbial mode of expression, importing that illicit pleasures are sweeter than those which are legal The meaning is easy to be discerned; and the conduct of multitudes shows that they are ruled by this adage. On it are built all the adulterous intercourses in the land.

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Proverbs 20:17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

Proverbs 23:31,32 Look not you on the wine when it is red, when it gives his color in the cup, when it moves itself aright...

Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise...

Romans 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, worked in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.

James 1:14,15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed...

eaten in secret

Proverbs 7:18-20 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves...

Proverbs 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eats, and wipes her mouth, and said, I have done no wickedness.

2 Kings 5:24-27 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed...

Ephesians 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

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The Temple of Wisdom
(Preached at Wellington College, All Saints' Day, 1866.) PROVERBS ix. 1-5. Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: she hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens; she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and to him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. This allegory has been
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons

To Pastors and Teachers
To Pastors and Teachers If all who laboured for the conversion of others were to introduce them immediately into Prayer and the Interior Life, and make it their main design to gain and win over the heart, numberless as well as permanent conversions would certainly ensue. On the contrary, few and transient fruits must attend that labour which is confined to outward matters; such as burdening the disciple with a thousand precepts for external exercises, instead of leaving the soul to Christ by the
Madame Guyon—A Short and Easy Method of Prayer

Cross References
Proverbs 5:16
Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?

Proverbs 5:18
May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.

Proverbs 20:17
Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.

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