Parallel Verses

Amplified

Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend [to show rage or worthy purpose].

New American Standard Bible

Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.

International Standard Version

Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens a friend's character.

A Conservative Version

Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

American Standard Version

Iron sharpeneth iron; So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Bible in Basic English

Iron makes iron sharp; so a man makes sharp his friend.

Darby Translation

Iron is sharpened by iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Julia Smith Translation

Iron will sharpen upon iron; and a man will sharpen the face of his friend.

King James 2000

Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Lexham Expanded Bible

[As] iron sharpens iron, so {one man sharpens another}.

Modern King James verseion

Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the face of his friend.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Like as one iron wheteth another, so doth one man comfort another.

NET Bible

As iron sharpens iron, so a person sharpens his friend.

New Heart English Bible

Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend's countenance.

The Emphasized Bible

Let, iron, by iron, become sharp, and let, a man, sharpen the face of his friend.

Webster

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

World English Bible

Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend's countenance.

Youngs Literal Translation

Iron by iron is sharpened, And a man sharpens the face of his friend.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
בּרזל 
Barzel 
Usage: 76

חדד 
Chadad 
חדד 
Chadad 
Usage: 6
Usage: 6

בּרזל 
Barzel 
Usage: 76

so a man
אישׁ 
'iysh 
Usage: 692

פּנים 
Paniym 
Usage: 2119

Devotionals

Devotionals containing Proverbs 27:17

Context Readings

All About Life

16 Whoever attempts to restrain [a contentious woman] might as well try to stop the wind -- "his right hand encounters oil [and she slips through his fingers]. 17 Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend [to show rage or worthy purpose]. 18 Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat its fruit; so he who patiently and faithfully guards and heeds his master shall be honored.



Cross References

Proverbs 27:9

Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; so does the sweetness of a friend's counsel that comes from the heart.

1 Samuel 23:16

And Jonathan, Saul's son, rose and went into the wood to David [at Horesh] and strengthened his hand in God.

Job 4:3-4

Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands.

Hebrews 10:24

And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities,

2 Samuel 10:11-12

Joab said, If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, I will come and help you.

Isaiah 35:3-4

Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble and tottering knees.

1 Thessalonians 3:3

That no one [of you] should be disturbed and beguiled and led astray by these afflictions and difficulties [to which I have referred]. For you yourselves know that this is [unavoidable in our position, and must be recognized as] our appointed lot.

2 Timothy 1:8

Do not blush or be ashamed then, to testify to and for our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for His sake, but [ with me] take your share of the suffering [to which the preaching] of the Gospel [may expose you, and do it] in the power of God.

2 Timothy 1:12

And this is why I am suffering as I do. Still I am not ashamed, for I know (perceive, have knowledge of, and am acquainted with) Him Whom I have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on), and I am [positively] persuaded that He is able to guard and keep that which has been entrusted to me and which I have committed [to Him] until that day.

2 Timothy 2:3

Take [with me] your share of the hardships and suffering [which you are called to endure] as a good (first-class) soldier of Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:9-13

For that [Gospel] I am suffering affliction and even wearing chains like a criminal. But the Word of God is not chained or imprisoned!

James 1:2

Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.

1 Peter 4:12-13

Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you.

Joshua 1:18

Whoever rebels against your commandment and will not hearken to all you command him shall be put to death. Only be strong, vigorous, and of good courage.

1 Samuel 11:9-10

The messengers who came were told, Say to the men of Jabesh-gilead, Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you shall have help. The messengers came and reported to the men of Jabesh, and they were glad.

Joshua 2:24

They said to Joshua, Truly the Lord has given all the land into our hands; for all the inhabitants of the country are faint because of us.

1 Samuel 13:20-21

But each of the Israelites had to go down to the Philistines to get his plowshare, mattock, axe, or sickle sharpened.

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