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Proverbs 17:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; But he that harpeth on a matter separateth chief friends.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] friends.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] friends.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— He that covereth transgression seeketh love; but he that bringeth a matter up again separateth very friends.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— He that hideth a transgression, seeketh love, but, he that repeateth a matter, separateth intimate friends.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Whoso is covering transgression is seeking love, And whoso is repeating a matter Is separating a familiar friend.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He that concealeth a transgression, seeketh friendships: he that repeateth it again, separateth friends.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— He that couereth a transgression, seeketh loue; but he that repeateth a matter, separateth [very] friends.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— He that conceals injuries seeks love; but he that hates to hide [them] separates friends and kindred.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] friends.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
He that covereth 3680
{3680} Prime
כָּסָה
kacah
{kaw-saw'}
A primitive root; properly to plump, that is, fill up hollows; by implication to cover (for clothing or secrecy).
z8764
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
a transgression 6588
{6588} Prime
פֶּשַׁע
pesha`
{peh'-shah}
From H6586; a revolt (national, moral or religious).
seeketh 1245
{1245} Prime
בּקשׁ
baqash
{baw-kash'}
A primitive root; to search out (by any method; specifically in worship or prayer); by implication to strive after.
z8764
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
love; 160
{0160} Prime
אַהֲבָה
'ahabah
{a-hab-aw'}
Feminine of H0158 and meaning the same.
but he that repeateth 8138
{8138} Prime
שָׁנָה
shanah
{shaw-naw'}
A primitive root; to fold, that is, duplicate (literally or figuratively (); by implication to transmute (transitively or intransitively).
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
a matter 1697
{1697} Prime
דָּבָר
dabar
{daw-baw'}
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
separateth 6504
{6504} Prime
פָּרַד
parad
{paw-rad'}
A primitive root; to break through, that is, spread or separate (oneself).
z8688
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
[very] friends. 441
{0441} Prime
אַלּוּף
'alluwph
{al-loof'}
From H0502; familiar; a friend, also gentle; hence a bullock (as being tame; applied, although masculine, to a cow); and so a chieftain (as notable like neat cattle).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 17:9

_ _ seeketh love — (Compare Margin). The contrast is between the peace-maker and tale-bearer.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 17:9

_ _ Note, 1. The way to preserve peace among relations and neighbours is to make the best of every thing, not to tell others what has been said or done against them when it is not at all necessary to their safety, nor to take notice of what has been said or done against them when it is not at all necessary to their safety, nor to take notice of what has been said or done against ourselves, but to excuse both, and put the best construction upon them. “It was an oversight; therefore overlook it. It was done through forgetfulness; therefore forget it. It perhaps made nothing of you; do you make nothing of it.” 2. The ripping up of faults is the ripping out of love, and nothing tends more to the separating of friends, and setting them at variance, than the repeating of matters that have been in variance; for they commonly lose nothing in the repetition, but the things themselves are aggravated and the passions about them revived and exasperated. The best method of peace is by an amnesty or act of oblivion.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 17:9

Covereth — That conceals as far as he may, other mens faults.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 17:9

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth [very] (d) friends.

(d) He that admonishes the prince of his fault makes him his enemy.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
that covereth:

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
Psalms 32:1 [[[A Psalm] of David, Maschil.]] Blessed [is he whose] transgression [is] forgiven, [whose] sin [is] covered.
1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

seeketh:
or, procureth

but:

Proverbs 16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
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Ps 32:1. Pv 10:12; 16:28. 1P 4:8.

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