9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Other Translations of Proverbs 17:9

King James Version

9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh seeketh: or, procureth love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

English Standard Version

9 Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

The Message

9 Overlook an offense and bond a friendship; fasten on to a slight and - good-bye, friend!

New King James Version

9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends.

New Living Translation

9 Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 17:9

Commentary on Proverbs 17:9

(Read Proverbs 17:9)

The way to preserve peace is to make the best of every thing; not to notice what has been said or done against ourselves.