Proverbs 27:5

5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

Proverbs 27:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
ESV
5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
NLT
5 An open rebuke is better than hidden love!
MSG
5 A spoken reprimand is better than approval that's never expressed.
CSB
5 Better an open reprimand than concealed love.

Proverbs 27:5 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 27:5

Open rebuke [is] better than secret love.
] This is to be understood, not of rebuke publicly given; though Aben Ezra thinks public reproof is meant, which, arising from love, is better than that which is done in secret, though in love, as being more effectual; for rebuke among friends should be given privately, according to our Lord's direction, ( Matthew 18:15 ) ; but it signifies reproof given faithfully and plainly, with openness of heart, and without mincing the matter, and palliating the offence; but speaking out freely, and faithfully laying before a person the evil of his sin, in all the circumstances of it, as the Apostle Paul did to Peter, when he withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed, ( Galatians 2:11 ) . Now such kind of reproof is better than such love to a person as will not suffer him to tell him of his faults, for fear of grieving him, or losing his friendship; or than such love as does not show itself in deeds, and particularly in faithful reproofs; for so to act is to hate a person, and suffer sin to be upon him, ( Leviticus 19:17 ) .

Proverbs 27:5 In-Context

3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
7 One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.