Proverbs 17:9
Good News Translation
If you want people to like you, forgive them when they wrong you. Remembering wrongs can break up a friendship.

Contemporary English Version
You will keep your friends if you forgive them, but you will lose your friends if you keep talking about what they did wrong.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that concealeth a transgression, seeketh friendships: he that repeateth it again, separateth friends.

New American Bible
Whoever overlooks an offense fosters friendship, but whoever gossips about it separates friends.

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He that concealeth a transgression, seeketh friendships: he that repeateth it again, separateth friends.

that covereth

Proverbs 10:12 In the lips of the wise is wisdom found: and a rod on the back of him that wanteth sense.

Psalm 32:1 To David himself, understanding. Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

1 Peter 4:8 But before all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves: for charity covereth a multitude of sins.

seeketh

Proverbs 16:28 A perverse man stirreth up quarrels: and one full of words separateth princes.

Context
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
8The expectation of him that expecteth is a most acceptable jewel: whithersoever he turneth himself, he understandeth wisely. 9He that concealeth a transgression, seeketh friendships: he that repeateth it again, separateth friends.10A reproof availeth more with a wise man, than a hundred stripes with a fool.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 13:4
Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely, is not puffed up,

James 5:20
He must know that he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way shall save his soul from death and shall cover a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:8
But before all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves: for charity covereth a multitude of sins.

Proverbs 10:12
In the lips of the wise is wisdom found: and a rod on the back of him that wanteth sense.

Proverbs 16:28
A perverse man stirreth up quarrels: and one full of words separateth princes.

Proverbs 17:10
A reproof availeth more with a wise man, than a hundred stripes with a fool.

Additional Translations
Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, but he who brings it up separates friends.He that covers a transgression seeks love; but he that repeats a matter separates very friends.

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; But he that harpeth on a matter separateth chief friends.

He that conceals injuries seeks love; but he that hates to hide them separates friends and kindred.

He that covereth transgression seeketh love; but he that bringeth a matter up again separateth very friends.

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love: but he that harpeth on a matter separateth chief friends.

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

He who covers an offense promotes love; but he who repeats a matter separates best friends.

Whoso is covering transgression is seeking love, And whoso is repeating a matter Is separating a familiar friend.
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