17 "Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!"

Other Translations of Proverbs 9:17

King James Version

17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

English Standard Version

17 "Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant."

The Message

17 Steal off with me, I'll show you a good time! No one will ever know - I'll give you the time of your life."

New King James Version

17 "Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant."

New Living Translation

17 "Stolen water is refreshing; food eaten in secret tastes the best!"

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 9:17

Commentary on Proverbs 9:13-18

(Read Proverbs 9:13-18)

How diligent the tempter is, to seduce unwary souls into sin! Carnal, sensual pleasure, stupifies conscience, and puts out the sparks of conviction. This tempter has no solid reason to offer; and where she gets dominion in a soul, all knowledge of holy things is lost and forgotten. She is very violent and pressing. We need to seek and pray for true wisdom, for Satan has many ways to withdraw our souls from Christ. Not only worldly lusts and abandoned seducers prove fatal to the souls of men; but false teachers, with doctrines that flatter pride and give liberty to lusts, destroy thousands. They especially draw off such as have received only partial serious impressions. The depths of Satan are depths of hell; and sin, without remorse, is ruin, ruin without remedy. Solomon shows the hook; those that believe him, will not meddle with the bait. Behold the wretched, empty, unsatisfying, deceitful, and stolen pleasure sin proposes; and may our souls be so desirous of the everlasting enjoyment of Christ, that on earth we may live to him, daily, by faith, and ere long be with him in glory.