Proverbs 27:6
New International Version
Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

New Living Translation
Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.

English Standard Version
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Berean Study Bible
The wounds of a friend are faithful, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

King James Bible
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

New King James Version
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

New American Standard Bible
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

NASB 1995
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

NASB 1977
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

Amplified Bible
Faithful are the wounds of a friend [who corrects out of love and concern], But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful [because they serve his hidden agenda].

Christian Standard Bible
The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.

American Standard Version
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; But the kisses of an enemy are profuse.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The wounds of a friend are better than the kisses of an enemy.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The wounds of a friend are more to be trusted than the spontaneous kisses of an enemy.

Contemporary English Version
You can trust a friend who corrects you, but kisses from an enemy are nothing but lies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better are the wounds of a friend, than the deceitful kisses of an enemy.

English Revised Version
Faithful are the wounds of a friend: but the kisses of an enemy are profuse.

Good News Translation
Friends mean well, even when they hurt you. But when an enemy puts his arm around your shoulder--watch out!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Wounds made by a friend are intended to help, but an enemy's kisses are too much to bear.

International Standard Version
Wounds from someone who loves are trustworthy, but kisses from an enemy speak volumes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; But the kisses of an enemy are importunate.

Literal Standard Version
The wounds of a lover are faithful, And the kisses of an enemy [are] abundant.

NET Bible
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.

New Heart English Bible
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; although 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Do not Boast about Tomorrow
5Better an open rebuke than love that is concealed. 6The wounds of a friend are faithful, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. 7The soul that is full loathes honey, but to a hungry soul, any bitter thing is sweet.…

Cross References
Matthew 26:49
Going directly to Jesus, he said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed Him.

Psalm 141:5
Let the righteous man strike me; let his rebuke be an act of loving devotion. It is oil for my head; let me not refuse it. For my prayer is ever against the deeds of the wicked.

Proverbs 20:30
Lashes and wounds scour evil, and beatings cleanse the inmost parts.

Proverbs 27:7
The soul that is full loathes honey, but to a hungry soul, any bitter thing is sweet.

Proverbs 28:23
He who rebukes a man will later find more favor than one who flatters with his tongue.


Treasury of Scripture

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

the wounds

2 Samuel 12:7
And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

Job 5:17,18
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: …

Psalm 141:5
Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.

the kisses

Proverbs 10:18
He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

Proverbs 26:23-26
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross…

2 Samuel 20:9,10
And Joab said to Amasa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Joab took Amasa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him…

deceitful or earnest









(6) Faithful are the wounds of a friend--i.e., the "open rebuke" of the previous verse, the "smiting" and "reproof" of Psalm 142:5.

The kisses of an enemy are deceitful.--Rather, plentiful, showered upon one, but all meaningless.

Verse 6. - Faithful are the wounds of friend. This and the next verse afford examples of the antithetic form of proverb, where the second line gives, as it were, the reverse side of the picture presented by the first. The wounds which a real friend inflicts by his just rebukes are directed by truth and discriminating affection (see Psalm 141:5). But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. So St. Jerome, Fraudulenta oscula odientis. But the verb here used (עתר) has the meaning, among others, "to be abundant or frequent;" hence it is better to take it in this sense here, as "plentiful, profuse." An enemy is lavish with his Judas kisses to hide his perfidy and hatred. Septuagint, "More to be trusted are the wounds of a friend than the spontaneous (ἑκούσια) kisses of an enemy." "Non omnis qui parcia," wrote St. Augustine ('Ep.,' 48, 'ad Vincent.'), "amicus est, neque omnis qui verberat, inimicus."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The wounds
פִּצְעֵ֣י (piṣ·‘ê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 6482: A bruise, wound

of a friend
אוֹהֵ֑ב (’ō·w·hêḇ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 157: To have affection f

are faithful,
נֶ֭אֱמָנִים (ne·’ĕ·mā·nîm)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 539: To confirm, support

but the kisses
נְשִׁיק֥וֹת (nə·šî·qō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 5390: A kiss

of an enemy
שׂוֹנֵֽא׃ (śō·w·nê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 8130: To hate

[are] deceitful.
וְ֝נַעְתָּר֗וֹת (wə·na‘·tā·rō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Participle - feminine plural
Strong's 6280: To be, abundant


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