New American Standard Bible
Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.
King James Bible
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Darby Bible Translation
Iron is sharpened by iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
World English Bible
Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend's countenance.
Young's Literal Translation
Iron by iron is sharpened, And a man sharpens the face of his friend.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The proverb expresses the gain of mutual counsel as found in clear, well-defined thoughts. Two minds, thus acting on each other, become more acute. This is better than to see in "sharpening" the idea of provoking, and the point of the maxim in the fact that the quarrels of those who have been friends are bitter in proportion to their previous intimacy.
LibraryThe Best Friend
A Sermon (No. 2627) intended for reading on Lord's Day, June 18th, 1899, delivered by C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. on Thursday evening, February 23rd, 1882. "Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not."--Proverbs 27:10. True friends are very scarce. We have a great many acquaintances and sometimes we call them friends, and so misuse the noble word "friendship." Peradventure in some after-day of adversity when these so-called friends have looked out for their …
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