# greater bond energy, more stable?

I am very confused about bond energy. In my book, it says "the most stable bond is the bond with the highest bond energy". However, later on it mentions that " A system with low energy is a stable system. Thus, a bond is formed when electron energy level is the lowest". So, does high energy means more stability or less stability?

• Bond energy is shows how much lower is energy of the compound. – Mithoron Apr 7 '18 at 14:44

Look at it in this way. Consider the energy to break a bond to be arbitrarily assumed to be at $\pu{0 J/mol}$. Now, there are two bonds, $\ce{A-B}$ and $\ce{C-D}$. Let's say they have energies of $\pu{-242 kJ/mol}$ and $\pu{-378 kJ/mol}$. Clearly, the $\ce{C-D}$ bond has the lower energy.
Now, you can say that a stronger bond needs more energy to break it. So, this means that you need to supply $\pu{242 kJ/mol}$ of energy to break $\ce{A-B}$ and $\pu{378 kJ/mol}$ of energy to break $\ce{C-D}$. You can definitely see that $\ce{C-D}$ needs more energy to break it, and to bring the energy to $\pu{ 0 J/mol}$.