Proverbs 13:17
New International Version
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.

New Living Translation
An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings healing.

English Standard Version
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.

Berean Study Bible
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.

King James Bible
A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

New King James Version
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health.

New American Standard Bible
A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful messenger brings healing.

NASB 1995
A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy brings healing.

NASB 1977
A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy brings healing.

Amplified Bible
A wicked messenger falls into hardship, But a faithful ambassador brings healing.

Christian Standard Bible
A wicked envoy falls into trouble, but a trustworthy courier brings healing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy courier brings healing.

American Standard Version
A wicked messenger falleth into evil; But a faithful ambassador is health.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An evil messenger falls into affliction and a trustworthy messenger is a healer.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A rash king shall fall into mischief: but a wise messenger shall deliver him.

Contemporary English Version
Whoever delivers your message can make things better or worse for you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The messenger of the wicked shall fall into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

English Revised Version
A wicked messenger falleth into evil: but a faithful ambassador is health.

Good News Translation
Unreliable messengers cause trouble, but those who can be trusted bring peace.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
An undependable messenger gets into trouble, but a dependable envoy brings healing.

International Standard Version
An evil messenger stumbles into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A wicked messenger falleth into evil; But a faithful ambassador is health.

Literal Standard Version
A wicked messenger falls into evil, And a faithful ambassador is healing.

NET Bible
An unreliable messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.

New Heart English Bible
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy gains healing.

World English Bible
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy envoy gains healing.

Young's Literal Translation
A wicked messenger falleth into evil, And a faithful ambassador is healing.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Father's Discipline
16Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool displays his folly. 17A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing. 18Poverty and shame come to him who ignores discipline, but whoever heeds correction is honored.…

Cross References
Proverbs 25:13
Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.

Proverbs 13:18
Poverty and shame come to him who ignores discipline, but whoever heeds correction is honored.


Treasury of Scripture

A wicked messenger falls into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

wicked

Proverbs 10:26
As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

Proverbs 26:6
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.

Jeremiah 23:13-16,28
And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err…

but

Proverbs 25:13,23
As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters…

1 Corinthians 4:2
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

2 Corinthians 5:20
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.









(17) Falleth into mischief.--And brings those also who sent him into trouble; but "a faithful messenger is health" both to himself and his employers.

Verse 17. - A wicked messenger falleth into mischief; misfortune, calamity (Proverbs 17:20). A messenger who is false to his employer shall be detected and punished. The LXX., reading melek for malak, renders, "A rash king shall fall into evils." Such a one adopts inconsiderate measures, makes war unadvisedly, etc. A faithful ambassador (literally, an ambassador of faithfulness, Proverbs 25:13) is health. One who faithfully performs his errand is a source of comfort and satisfaction both to his employer and to those to whom he is sent. Septuagint, "But a wise messenger shall deliver him" - the king.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A wicked
רָ֭שָׁע (rā·šā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

messenger
מַלְאָ֣ךְ (mal·’āḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4397: A messenger, of God, an angel

falls
יִפֹּ֣ל (yip·pōl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5307: To fall, lie

into trouble,
בְּרָ֑ע (bə·rā‘)
Preposition-b | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil

but a faithful
אֱמוּנִ֣ים (’ĕ·mū·nîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 529: Established, trusty, trustworthiness

envoy
וְצִ֖יר (wə·ṣîr)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6735: A hinge, a throe, a herald, erranddoer

brings healing.
מַרְפֵּֽא׃ (mar·pê)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4832: Curative, a medicine, a cure, deliverance, placidity


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