Proverbs 27:9
New International Version
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.

New Living Translation
The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.

English Standard Version
Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.

Berean Study Bible
Oil and incense bring joy to the heart, and the sweetness of a friend is counsel to the soul.

New American Standard Bible
Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man's counsel is sweet to his friend.

King James Bible
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

Christian Standard Bible
Oil and incense bring joy to the heart, and the sweetness of a friend is better than self-counsel.

Contemporary English Version
The sweet smell of incense can make you feel good, but true friendship is better still.

Good News Translation
Perfume and fragrant oils make you feel happier, but trouble shatters your peace of mind.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Oil and incense bring joy to the heart, and the sweetness of a friend is better than self-counsel.

International Standard Version
Ointments and perfume encourage the heart; in a similar way, a friend's advice is sweet to the soul.

NET Bible
Ointment and incense make the heart rejoice, likewise the sweetness of one's friend from sincere counsel.

New Heart English Bible
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart; so does earnest counsel from a man's friend.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As oil and fragrances give joy to the heart, so is he that is sweet to his neighbor in the counsel of his soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Perfume and incense make the heart glad, but the sweetness of a friend is a fragrant forest.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; So doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

New American Standard 1977
Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart, so does the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

King James 2000 Bible
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

American King James Version
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

American Standard Version
Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; So doth the sweetness of a man's friend that cometh of hearty counsel.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The heart delights in ointments and wines and perfumes: but the soul is broken by calamities.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Ointment and perfumes rejoice the heart: and the good counsels of a friend are sweet to the soul.

Darby Bible Translation
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; and the sweetness of one's friend is [the fruit] of hearty counsel.

English Revised Version
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend that cometh of hearty counsel.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

World English Bible
Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart; so does earnest counsel from a man's friend.

Young's Literal Translation
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart, And the sweetness of one's friend -- from counsel of the soul.
Study Bible
Do not Boast about Tomorrow
8Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who wanders from his home. 9Oil and incense bring joy to the heart, and the sweetness of a friend is counsel to the soul. 10Do not forsake your friend or your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.…
Cross References
Psalm 23:5
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

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.

Treasury of Scripture

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

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Proverbs 7:17
I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

Judges 9:9
But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

Psalm 45:7,8
Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows…

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Exodus 18:17-24
And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good…

1 Samuel 23:16,17
And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God…

Exodus 18:17-24
And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good…







Lexicon
Oil
שֶׁ֣מֶן (še·men)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8081: Grease, liquid, richness

and incense
וּ֭קְטֹרֶת (ū·qə·ṭō·reṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7004: Smoke, odor of (burning) sacrifice, incense

bring joy
יְשַׂמַּֽח־ (yə·śam·maḥ-)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8055: To brighten up, be, blithe, gleesome

to the heart,
לֵ֑ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

and the sweetness
וּמֶ֥תֶק (ū·me·ṯeq)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4986: Pleasantness

of a friend
רֵ֝עֵ֗הוּ (rê·‘ê·hū)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7453: Friend, companion, fellow

[is] counsel
מֵֽעֲצַת־ (mê·‘ă·ṣaṯ-)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6098: Advice, plan, prudence

to the soul.
נָֽפֶשׁ׃ (nā·p̄eš)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion
(9) Ointment and perfume.--Comp. Proverbs 7:17 and note on Proverbs 21:17.

Verse 9. - Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart. (For the use of unguents in the honourable treatment of guests, see Proverbs 7:16, etc.; Proverbs 21:17.) Similarly, perfumes prepared from spices, roses, and aromatic plants were employed; rooms were fumigated, persons were sprinkled with rose water, and incense was applied to the face and beard, as we read (Daniel 2:46) that Nebuchadnezzar ordered that to Daniel, in recognition of his wisdom, should be offered an oblation and sweet odours (see 'Dick of Bible,' and Kitto, 'Cyclop.,' voc. "Perfumes"). The heat of the climate, the insalubrious character of the houses, the profuse perspiration of the assembled guests, rendered this attention peculiarly acceptable (comp. Song of Solomon 3:6). The LXX., probably with a tacit reference to Psalm 104:15, renders, "The heart delighteth in ointments, and wines, and perfumes." So doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel. This is rather clumsy; the Revised Version improves it by paraphrasing, that cometh from hearty counsel. The meaning is that as ointment, etc., gladden the heart, so do the sweet and loving words of one who speaks from the depths of his soul. The idea is primarily of a friend who gives wise counsel, speaking the truth in love, or shows his approval by discreet commendation. The LXX. has pointed differently, and translates, "But the soul is broken by calamities (καταῥῤήγνυται ὑπὸ (συμπτωμάτων);" Vulgate, "The soul is sweetened by the good counsels of a friend." 27:9,10. Depend not for relief upon a kinsman, merely for kindred's sake; apply to those who are at hand, and will help in need. But there is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother, and let us place entire confidence in him. 11. An affectionate parent urges his son to prudent conduct that should gladden his heart. The good conduct of Christians is the best answer to all who find fault with the gospel. 12. Where there is temptation, if we thrust ourselves into it, there will be sin, and punishment will follow. 13. An honest man may be made a beggar, but he is not honest that makes himself one. 14. It is folly to be fond of being praised; it is a temptation to pride.
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