Proverbs 27:17

“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Iron sharpeneth iron: so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Iron sharpeneth iron; So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Iron makes iron sharp; so a man makes sharp his friend.
- Basic English Bible

Iron is sharpened by iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
- Darby Bible

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
- Webster's Bible

Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend's countenance.
- World English Bible

Iron by iron is sharpened, And a man sharpens the face of his friend.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 27:17


27:17 Iron - Iron tools are made sharp and fit for use, by rubbing them against the file, or some other iron. The countenance - The company or conversation of his friend.


Discussion for Proverbs 27

  • Librarygal143
    Lord, as I start to read this, at the same time the bells are tolling at a church on the next block. Such perfect timing. Thank you God, in Jesus' name, Amen.
  • Lilian
    This is a strong words given by God. We have to remember that God is in control in our life we have to hand over everything to Jesus hands for he is our savior, our peace, our provider, our healer, our helper, our deliverer, our salvation Jehovah our righteousness. Only thru Jesus we will receive life in abundance. He is our FUTURE. Its a WILL OF GOD TO BLESS US AND HEAL US COZ HE LOVES US
  • J
    "Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them." Nehemiah 4:9
  • MockingBird
    You do not know what shall be on the morrow. You may make plans , but be flexible enough to go a different route for that day. Never face your day untill you have had alone time with God our Father to direct our path. Then you will have the Grace to meet what is ahead and know what to do.
  • BSP
    Verse 2 encourages us to let other people praise us and for us not to fall into the snare of self-praise.
  • BSP
    Verse 21 shows that the way we react when we receive praise can be a test of whether we are humble or proud. If we are not careful, praise can develop with in us feelings of superiority or pride.

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