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Proverbs 27:17 - As iron sharpens iron

NIV As iron sharpens iron,
so one man sharpens another.
KJV Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
NASB Iron sharpens iron,
So one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17


A famous proverb, this verse may also be translated as applying to the will: "Let iron sharpen iron, and so let a person sharpen his friend." The idea is that people grow from interaction with one another.

Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson's new illustrated Bible commentary (Pr 27:17). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

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It takes iron to sharpen iron. Sharpening a knife requires iron at least as hard as the knife. Once sharpened, a knife is bright, sharp, and ready for much more productive service.


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