Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

Oil and incense bring joy to the heart,
and the sweetness of a friend is better than self-counsel.

New American Standard Bible

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man's counsel is sweet to his friend.

King James Version

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

International Standard Version

Ointments and perfume encourage the heart; in a similar way, a friend's advice is sweet to the soul.

A Conservative Version

Oil and perfume rejoice the heart, so [too] the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

American Standard Version

Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; So doth the sweetness of a man's friend that cometh of hearty counsel.

Amplified

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

Bible in Basic English

Oil and perfume make glad the heart, and the wise suggestion of a friend is sweet to the soul.

Darby Translation

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; and the sweetness of one's friend is the fruit of hearty counsel.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart, so does the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

Julia Smith Translation

Oil and incense will rejoice the heart: and the sweetness from his friend from the counsel of the soul.

King James 2000

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Perfume and incense will gladden a heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend [is] {personal advice}.

Modern King James verseion

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; so does the sweetness of one's friend by advice from the heart.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

The heart is glad of a sweet ointment and savour, but a stomach that can give good counsel, rejoiceth a man's neighbour.

NET Bible

Ointment and incense make the heart rejoice, likewise the sweetness of one's friend from sincere counsel.

New Heart English Bible

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart; so does earnest counsel from a man's friend.

The Emphasized Bible

Oil and perfume, rejoice the heart, the sweetness of one's friend, more than fragrant wood.

Webster

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

World English Bible

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart; so does earnest counsel from a man's friend.

Youngs Literal Translation

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart, And the sweetness of one's friend -- from counsel of the soul.

Verse Picture

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
שׁמן 
Shemen 
Usage: 193

and perfume
קטרת 
Q@toreth 
Usage: 60

שׂמח 
Samach 
Usage: 155

so doth the sweetness
מתק 
metheq 
Usage: 2

of a man's friend
ריע רע 
Rea` 
Usage: 187

by hearty
נפשׁ 
Nephesh 
Usage: 753

Devotionals

Devotionals about Proverbs 27:9

Devotionals containing Proverbs 27:9

References

Morish

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Images Proverbs 27:9

Prayers for Proverbs 27:9

Context Readings

All About Life

8 A man wandering from his home
is like a bird wandering from its nest.
9 Oil and incense bring joy to the heart,
and the sweetness of a friend is better than self-counsel.
10 Don’t abandon your friend or your father’s friend,
and don’t go to your brother’s house
in your time of calamity;
better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.



Cross References

Exodus 18:17-24

“What you’re doing is not good,” Moses’ father-in-law said to him.

Judges 9:9

But the olive tree said to them,
“Should I stop giving my oil
that honors both God and man,
and rule over the trees?”

1 Samuel 23:16-17

Then Saul’s son Jonathan came to David in Horesh and encouraged him in his faith in God,

Ezra 10:2-4

Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, an Elamite, responded to Ezra: “We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the surrounding peoples, but there is still hope for Israel in spite of this.

Psalm 23:5

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Psalm 45:7-8

You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of joy
more than your companions.

Psalm 104:15

wine that makes man’s heart glad—
making his face shine with oil—
and bread that sustains man’s heart.

Psalm 133:2

It is like fine oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down Aaron’s beard
onto his robes.

Proverbs 7:17

I’ve perfumed my bed
with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

Proverbs 15:23

A man takes joy in giving an answer;
and a timely word—how good that is!

Proverbs 16:21

Anyone with a wise heart is called discerning,
and pleasant speech increases learning.

Proverbs 16:23-24

A wise heart instructs its mouth
and increases learning with its speech.

Song of Songs 1:3

The fragrance of your perfume is intoxicating;
your name is perfume poured out.
No wonder young women adore you.

Song of Songs 3:6

N What is this coming up from the wilderness
like columns of smoke,
scented with myrrh and frankincense
from every fragrant powder of the merchant?

Song of Songs 4:10

How delightful your love is, my sister, my bride.
Your love is much better than wine,
and the fragrance of your perfume than any balsam.

John 12:3

Then Mary took a pound of fragrant oil—pure and expensive nard—anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped His feet with her hair. So the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

Acts 28:15

Now the believers from there had heard the news about us and had come to meet us as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage.

2 Corinthians 2:15-16

For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

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