Proverbs 11:17
Modern Translations
New International Version
Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.

New Living Translation
Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you.

English Standard Version
A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.

Berean Study Bible
A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.

New American Standard Bible
A merciful person does himself good, But the cruel person does himself harm.

NASB 1995
The merciful man does himself good, But the cruel man does himself harm.

NASB 1977
The merciful man does himself good, But the cruel man does himself harm.

Amplified Bible
The merciful and generous man benefits his soul [for his behavior returns to bless him], But the cruel and callous man does himself harm.

Christian Standard Bible
A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel person brings ruin on himself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings disaster on himself.

Contemporary English Version
Kindness is rewarded--but if you are cruel, you hurt yourself.

Good News Translation
You do yourself a favor when you are kind. If you are cruel, you only hurt yourself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A merciful person helps himself, but a cruel person hurts himself.

International Standard Version
A gracious man benefits himself, but the cruel person damages himself.

NET Bible
A kind person benefits himself, but a cruel person brings himself trouble.
Classic Translations
King James Bible
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

New King James Version
The merciful man does good for his own soul, But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.

King James 2000 Bible
The merciful man does good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubles his own flesh.

New Heart English Bible
The merciful man does good to his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.

World English Bible
The merciful man does good to his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.

American King James Version
The merciful man does good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubles his own flesh.

American Standard Version
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul; But he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

A Faithful Version
The merciful man does good to his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.

Darby Bible Translation
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul; but the cruel troubleth his own flesh.

English Revised Version
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

Webster's Bible Translation
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

Early Modern
Geneva Bible of 1587
Hee that is mercifull, rewardeth his owne soule: but he that troubleth his own flesh, is cruel.

Bishops' Bible of 1568
He that is mercifull, doth hym selfe a benefite: but who so hurteth his neyghbour, is a tiraunt.

Coverdale Bible of 1535
He yt hath a gentle liberall stomacke, is mercifull: but who so hurteth his neghbor, is a tyraut.
Literal Translations
Literal Standard Version
A kind man is rewarding his own soul, "" And the fierce is troubling his own flesh.

Young's Literal Translation
A kind man is rewarding his own soul, And the fierce is troubling his own flesh.

Smith's Literal Translation
The man of mercy benefited his soul: and the cruel troubled his flesh.

Catholic Translations
Douay-Rheims Bible
A merciful man doth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel casteth off even his own kindred.

Catholic Public Domain Version
A merciful man benefits his own soul. But whoever is cruel casts out even his close relatives.

Translations from Aramaic
Peshitta Holy Bible Translated
A pure man lays down a good reward for his soul and an unmerciful man destroys his body.

Lamsa Bible
A pious man does good to his soul; but he who is cruel destroys his own flesh.

OT Translations
JPS Tanakh 1917
The merciful man doeth good to his own soul; But he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A merciful man does good to his own soul: but the merciless destroys his own body.








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