Proverbs 17:8

“A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoeuer it turneth, it prospereth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A bribe is `as' a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

An offering of money is like a stone of great price in the eyes of him who has it: wherever he goes, he does well.
- Basic English Bible

A gift is a precious stone in the eyes of the possessor: whithersoever it turneth it prospereth.
- Darby Bible

A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
- Webster's Bible

A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of him who gives it; wherever he turns, he prospers.
- World English Bible

A stone of grace [is] the bribe in the eyes of its possessors, Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; whithersoever he turneth, he prospereth.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 17:8


17:8 A precious stone - Pleasant and acceptable; and withal dazzles his eyes. Whithersoever - To whomsoever it is presented. But this, as also many of her proverbs, are to be understood of most men, not of all.


Discussion for Proverbs 17:8

  • Byram Madison for verse 8
    I think the gift is a bribe, and it's a precious stone in his eyes because wherever he uses it, it will work it prospereth
  • Could this gift mean a talent such as singing, playing an instrument, etc. ?
  • Evalena J Latham for verse 8
    The lord has to reveal the meaning of this word. The Lord gives wisdom out of his mouth comes understanding.

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