Proverbs 9:17
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English Standard Version
“Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”

King James Bible
Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

American Standard Version
Stolen waters are sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Stolen waters are sweeter, and hid den bread is more pleasant.

English Revised Version
Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

Webster's Bible Translation
Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The singular reason for this proverb of Wisdom is now given:

"For by me will thy days become many,

And the years of thy life will be increased."

Incorrectly Hitzig: "and years of life will increase to thee;" הוסיף is always and everywhere (e.g., also Job 38:11) transitive. In the similar passage, Proverbs 3:2, יוסיפו had as its subject the doctrine of Wisdom; here חכמה and בינה it is not practicable to interpret as subj., since 11a Wisdom is the subject discoursing - the expression follows the scheme, dicunt eos equals dicuntur, as e.g., Job 7:3; Gesen. 137 - a concealing of the operative cause, which lies near, where, as Proverbs 2:22, the discourse is of severe judgment, thus: they (viz., the heavenly Powers) will grant to thee years of life (חיּים in a pregnant sense, as Proverbs 3:2) in rich measure, so that constantly one span comes after another. But in what connection of consequence does this stand with the contents of the proverb, Proverbs 9:10? The ancients say that the clause with כי refers back to Proverbs 9:5. The Proverbs 9:7-10 (according also to Fl.) are, as it were, parenthetic. Hitzig rejects these verses as an interpolation, but the connection of Proverbs 9:11 with 5f. retains also something that is unsuitable: "steps forward on the way of knowledge, for by me shall thy days become many;" and if, as Hitzig supposes, Proverbs 9:12 is undoubtedly genuine, whose connection with Proverbs 9:11 is in no way obvious, then also will the difficulty of the connection of Proverbs 9:7-10 with the preceding and the succeeding be no decisive mark of the want of genuineness of this course of thought. We have seen how the progress of Proverbs 9:6 to 7 is mediated: the invitation of Wisdom goes forth to the receptive, with the exclusion of the irrecoverable. And Proverbs 9:11 is related to Proverbs 9:10, as the proof of the cause from the effect. It is the fear of God with which Wisdom begins, the knowledge of God in which above all it consists, for by it is fulfilled the promise of life which is given to the fear of God, Proverbs 10:27; Proverbs 14:27; Proverbs 19:23, cf. Deuteronomy 4:40, and to humility, which is bound up with it. Proverbs 10:17.

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Proverbs 20:17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

Proverbs 23:31,32 Look not you on the wine when it is red, when it gives his color in the cup, when it moves itself aright...

Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise...

Romans 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, worked in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.

James 1:14,15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed...

eaten in secret

Proverbs 7:18-20 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves...

Proverbs 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eats, and wipes her mouth, and said, I have done no wickedness.

2 Kings 5:24-27 And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed...

Ephesians 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

Cross References
Proverbs 5:16
Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets?

Proverbs 5:18
Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth,

Proverbs 20:17
Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.

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