Proverbs 27:17

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Proverbs 27:17

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 for Proverbs 27:17

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

  • George Owino Odhiambo on Proverbs 27:17
    Is it wrong for a woman to preach in the pulpit?
  • Mishael - in Reply on Proverbs 27:17
    No. Joyce Meyer teaches at women's conferences; men are welcome there too.

    Our nation is rapidly trying to bust hell wide open. What is wrong with people called of God (not man), teaching the Word of God?

    If we were reading our Bibles like we are supposed to, anyone could sniff out heresy!

    Look.... in heaven we're going to be like the angels. No dating, no marriage; carnal nature Gone!!

    I'm going to tell Bible stories, Mishael-style.
  • George Owino - in Reply on Proverbs 27:17
    You were supposed to answer using bible references for me to be satisfied. And am really sorry that you mention someone whom when we compare with the word , at a given point she may have gone out of the word. Eg divorce and Malachi 2:13-14 God is against it and she has committed it
  • Mishael - in Reply on Proverbs 27:17
    I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. Looks like I commented on something else

    entirely. Apology again.

    I looks to me like you're saying that she divorced you? If she is a believer in Christ then she's still bound to the vow. If she's not a believer and has chosen to leave, then you are released from your vow.

    Matthew 6:31 and following are Jesus's comment on divorce. If the reasons are adultery or fornication, the divorce is final. The vow is broken.

    If you have a Bible with center of each page, Reference Columns; the tiny alphabet letters will refer you to Old Testament laws concerning marriage and divorce. But since Jesus re-explained it according to Grace, what's in Matthew 6 is what we have to go by.

    Sometimes people can be counseled by their Pastor and make an effort to repair what is broken. It requires co-operation by both parties. All I can really offer, is that you are not breaking faith with Jesus. Talk with your Pastor anyway.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Proverbs 27:17
    Book of Joel, Chapter 2

    28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your DAUGHTERS shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

    29 And also upon the servants and upon the HANDMAIDS in those days will I pour out my spirit.

    Large scale or small scale; people are waking out of their slumber, to preach the return of Jesus. IT IS NOT useful to criticize the preachers gender. I the past , God has even used donkeys or asses to get HIS WORD out to its intended.

    We are to encourage each other!! Not strip us down to bones so we become useless. People are falling over like dominoes every day because, where are the encouragers?

    It was Mary Magdalene who snapped the Disciples out of their fears and encouraged them to Go See For Yourselves: HE IS RISEN!!!

    If you cannot be an encourager to those WHO WILL, GO YE.... go hide in your house with your Bible that has quit speaking to you.

    But Jesus would say, be healed, be re-filled and anointed anew with the power of the Holy Spirit; to carry the Gospel and encourage others to join you.

    Jesus talked to one outcast Samaritan woman (Gentile) and in the conversation told her of all the secrets of her life. She runs to her village and testifies what happened, and they all run back to Jesus to meet this man of GOD. It says the entire town got born again.

    God is doing a brand new thing now. Keep your eyes on him, and let your opinions go. DO what Jesus is doing.
  • Owino - in Reply on Proverbs 27:17
    Among the disciples of Jesus there were no any woman same to the apostles who were the key players in laying the foundation of the church
  • George Owino Odhiambo - in Reply on Proverbs 27:17
    I would like you to the following verses 1Timothy 2:12

    1Corinthians 14:34-35

    Titus 2:1-15

    I believe you can guide me well through the power of the holy spirit
  • Chris shaw on Proverbs 27:17
    Hi I see it a little different as if to say a peer or mentor helps or sharpen one abilities or help someone whoms depressed and a smile/countance will appear which will also benifet you I bit like karate kid or a simple as a good morning have a nice day.
  • Mercy with Cheerfulness - in Reply on Proverbs 27:17
    There is one scripture that describes you: cheerful. Which is very rare to encounter these days. You show yourself to be blessed.

    Romans Chapter 12

    6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

    7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

    8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, WITH CHEERFULNESS.

    9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

  • Monte on Proverbs 27:17
    I have heard the term:"brother sharpeneth brother" many times over the years: in baptist circles. It is used as the reason for brethren, to go around and point out each other's faults. Very hurtful and self righteous attitude. But that is not the meaning of the passage at all. Notice...... it says "a man sharpens the countenance of his friend". There can be a huge difference between a brother and a friend. We have about 100 folks in our church. I care about all of them, they are all my brothers and sisters in Christ; but only a handful of them would I consider my friend. If my friend comes to me to share something hard to take; I am still going to listen because he is my friend and has my best interests at heart. "Brother sharpeneth Brother is an unbiblical teaching that turns Christians into fault finders.


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