New International Version
"Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!"
King James Bible
Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
Darby Bible Translation
Stolen waters are sweet, and the bread of secrecy is pleasant.
World English Bible
"Stolen water is sweet. Food eaten in secret is pleasant."
Young's Literal Translation
'Stolen waters are sweet, And hidden bread is pleasant.'
Proverbs 9:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Stolen waters are sweet - I suppose this to be a proverbial mode of expression, importing that illicit pleasures are sweeter than those which are legal The meaning is easy to be discerned; and the conduct of multitudes shows that they are ruled by this adage. On it are built all the adulterous intercourses in the land.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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LibraryThe Temple of Wisdom
(Preached at Wellington College, All Saints' Day, 1866.) PROVERBS ix. 1-5. Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: she hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens; she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and to him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. This allegory has been …
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons
To Pastors and Teachers
Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?
May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
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