Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Prov 27:17 KJV
But, iron doesn’t sharpen iron. Google it. Try it.
What is it that sharpens iron? A stone…
Therefore, a man cannot sharpen the countenance of his friend…. you cannot change his attitude. You cannot open his eyes. You cannot shape him. You cannot sharpen him. We can only teach. Only God can sharpen…
Maybe it was a question…the Hebrew Bible doesn’t make use of questions marks after all….
Does iron sharpen iron? So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend…
Consider this verse:
Doth God pervert judgment? And doth the Mighty One pervert justice? Job 8:3
read in the literal:
God bends judgement, if the Almighty bends justice,
Question marks are added in translations so that we know it’s a question.
This brings to mind the frustrating experience of someone who is young in the faith challenging and doubting someone ten or twenty years their elder in the faith rather than inquiring and respecting/honoring them. Well, what did you expect when you told them “iron sharpens iron”? Did you expect them to come to you with teachable hearts? Did you expect them to treat you as “worthy of double honor”? Did you not essentially justify their puffed up, combative ego without realizing it?