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

  • 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.
  • Rebecca cruz
    Verses 5,6: sometimes we are afraid to share with someone we care about what they are doing wrong for fear of rejection, but we are doing them more harm by our silence. We need to for the opportunity then share what it maybe then pray some more and step back let God be God. If they don't listen you have done your part to watch out for their good.
  • Psalms Mack for verse 2
    Proverbs 27:2 causes me to search myself to see if I have fallen into the habit of self promotion. I am certain I have from time to time. This scripture leads me to ask the Lord to forgive me, seek wisdom and repent.
  • Eric
    I believe we should edify and motivate each other with compassion and love.
  • Great, that gives me confidence.

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