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Proverbs 13:17 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— A wicked messenger falleth into evil; But a faithful ambassador is health.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador [is] health.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— A wicked messenger falls into adversity, But a faithful envoy [brings] healing.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful embassador [is] health.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— A wicked messenger falleth into evil; but a faithful ambassador is health.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— A lawless messenger, falleth into mischief, but, a faithful herald, bringeth healing.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A wicked messenger falleth into evil, And a faithful ambassador is healing.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The messenger of the wicked shall fall into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— A wicked messenger falleth into mischiefe: but a faithfull ambassadour [is] health.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A rash king shall fall into mischief: but a wise messenger shall deliver him.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador [is] health.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
A wicked 7563
{7563} Prime
From H7561; morally wrong; concretely an (actively) bad person.
messenger 4397
{4397} Prime
From an unused root meaning to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically of God, that is, an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher).
falleth 5307
{5307} Prime
A primitive root; to fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitively or causatively, literally or figuratively).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
into mischief: 7451
{7451} Prime
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun.
but a faithful 529
{0529} Prime
From H0539; established, that is, (figuratively) trusty; also (abstractly) trustworthiness.
ambassador 6735
{6735} Prime
From H6696; a hinge (as pressed in turning); also a throe (as a physical or mental pressure); also a herald or errand doer (as constrained by the principal).
[is] health. 4832
{4832} Prime
From H7495; properly curative, that is, literally (concretely) a medicine, or (abstractly) a cure; figuratively (concretely) deliverance, or (abstractly) placidity.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 13:17

_ _ A wicked — or, “unfaithful”

_ _ messenger falleth into mischief — or, “by mischief,” or “evil,” and so his errand fails. Contrasted is the character of the faithful, whose faithfulness benefits others.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 13:17

_ _ Here we have, 1. The ill consequences of betraying a trust. A wicked messenger, who, being sent to negotiate any business, is false to him that employed him, divulges his counsels, and so defeats his designs, cannot expect to prosper, but will certainly fall into some mischief or other, will be discovered and punished, since nothing is more hateful to God and man than the treachery of those that have a confidence reposed in them. 2. The happy effects of fidelity: An ambassador who faithfully discharges his trust, and serves the interests of those who employ him, is health; he is health to those by whom and for whom he is employed, heals differences that are between them, and preserves a good understanding; he is health to himself, for he secures his own interest. This is applicable to ministers, Christ's messengers and ambassadors; those that are wicked and false to Christ and the souls of men do mischief and fall into mischief, but those that are faithful will find sound words to be healing words to others and themselves.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 13:17

A messenger — Who is unfaithful in the execution of that which is committed to his charge. Is health — Procures benefit, as to his master, so to himself.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 13:17

A wicked messenger falleth (h) into mischief: but a faithful ambassador [is] health.

(h) Brings many inconveniences both to himself and to others.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so [is] the sluggard to them that send him.
Proverbs 26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, [and] drinketh damage.
Jeremiah 23:13-16 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err. ... Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, [and] not out of the mouth of the LORD.
Jeremiah 23:28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What [is] the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.
Ezekiel 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Ezekiel 33:7-8 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. ... When I say unto the wicked, O wicked [man], thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.


Proverbs 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, [so is] a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
Proverbs 25:23 The north wind driveth away rain: so [doth] an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

a faithful ambassador:
Heb. an ambassador of faithfulness
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Pv 10:26; 25:13, 23; 26:6. Jr 23:13, 28. Ezk 3:18; 33:7. 1Co 4:2. 2Co 2:17; 5:20. 1Ti 1:12. 2Ti 2:2.

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