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 27:17

  • Great, that gives me confidence.
  • Timothy for verse 17
    Fellowship among brethren is a noble thing for none of us is complete ..knowledge and information is obtained through fellowship with one another.
  • Charles Malack Oloo for verse 17
    This part of the Proverb encourages interaction among people
  • You guys are right! Also, Thanks for explaining it in more detail; I like how you made it so clear. I understood the proverb, but the literal help with iron, that is really cool, and countenance defined is helpful too. I always think of face, and the expression on your face, how it is often indicative of what is in your heart. You guys are cool! I Love Christians! Instant brothers and sisters!
  • Tefera tadesse for verse 17
    reading bible is life long profit.

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