Proverbs 27:5

“Open rebuke is better than secret love.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Open rebuke is better then secret loue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Better is open rebuke Than love that is hidden.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Better is open protest than love kept secret.
- Basic English Bible

Open rebuke is better than hidden love.
- Darby Bible

Open rebuke is better than secret love.
- Webster's Bible

Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
- World English Bible

Better [is] open reproof than hidden love.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Better is open rebuke than love that is hidden.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 27:5


27:5 Open - When it is needful, in which case, though it put a man to some shame yet it doth him good. Better - More desirable and beneficial. Secret love - Which does not shew itself by friendly actions, and particularly by free and faithful reproof.


Discussion for Proverbs 27

  • BSP
    Verse 11: we each have a chance to show whose side we support. We can make Jehovah God’s heart rejoice by giving him our wholehearted support and worship.
  • A disciple
    "Though you should grind a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him." While the good and righteous want to give every opportunity to the evildoers to clear themselves; at some point the wicked must be judged for their crimes? So long as the lawless are allowed to continue unrestrained, so long will they not change. Kindness is to them, a weakness!
  • Irene123
    Lu2677 - Yes, I know; 1 Pet.1:1
  • Lu2677
    Irene 123, Proverbs 27:2 "a stranger" is not specific to one that is not saved.
  • Jennifer Harvey
    Thank you God for his word! This proverbs really encourage me today and being a better person! Thank you Jesus
  • Mr. Smith
    vs 8, A man's "place" is to remember he is created in God's image

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