Proverbs 25:23
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue--which provokes a horrified look.

New Living Translation
As surely as a north wind brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger!

English Standard Version
The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

New American Standard Bible
The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.

King James Bible
The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The north wind produces rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

International Standard Version
The north wind brings rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry look.

NET Bible
The north wind brings forth rain, and a gossiping tongue brings forth an angry look.

New Heart English Bible
The north wind brings forth rain: so a backbiting tongue brings an angry face.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As the North wind gives birth to rain, so also is an evil face to a lurking tongue.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[As] the north wind brings rain, so a whispering tongue brings angry looks.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The north wind bringeth forth rain, And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

New American Standard 1977
The north wind brings forth rain,
            And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The north wind drives away rain, so does an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

King James 2000 Bible
The north wind brings forth rain: so does a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

American King James Version
The north wind drives away rain: so does an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

American Standard Version
The north wind bringeth forth rain: So doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The north wind driveth away rain, as doth a sad countenance a backbiting tongue.

Darby Bible Translation
The north wind bringeth forth rain, and the angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

English Revised Version
The north wind bringeth forth rain: so doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

Webster's Bible Translation
The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

World English Bible
The north wind brings forth rain: so a backbiting tongue brings an angry face.

Young's Literal Translation
A north wind bringeth forth rain, And a secret tongue -- indignant faces.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
25:19. Confidence in an unfaithful man is painful and vexatious; when we put any stress on him, he not only fails, but makes us feel for it. 20. We take a wrong course if we think to relieve those in sorrow by endeavouring to make them merry. 21,22. The precept to love even our enemies is an Old Testament commandment. Our Saviour has shown his own great example in loving us when we were enemies. 23. Slanders would not be so readily spoken, if they were not readily heard. Sin, if it receives any check, becomes cowardly. 24. It is better to be alone, than to be joined to one who is a hinderance to the comfort of life. 25. Heaven is a country afar off; how refreshing is good news from thence, in the everlasting gospel, which signifies glad tidings, and in the witness of the Spirit with our spirits that we are God's children! 26. When the righteous are led into sin, it is as hurtful as if the public fountains were poisoned. 27. We must be, through grace, dead to the pleasures of sense, and also to the praises of men. 28. The man who has no command over his anger, is easily robbed of peace. Let us give up ourselves to the Lord, and pray him to put his Spirit within us, and cause us to walk in his statutes.
Study Bible
More Proverbs of Solomon
22For you will heap burning coals on his head, And the LORD will reward you. 23The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance. 24It is better to live in a corner of the roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.…
Cross References
Psalm 35:16
Like godless jesters at a feast, They gnashed at me with their teeth.

Psalm 101:5
Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure.
Treasury of Scripture

The north wind drives away rain: so does an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

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Job 37:22 Fair weather comes out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.

driveth or bringeth forth rain so doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

Psalm 15:3 He that backbites not with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, …

Psalm 101:5 Whoever privately slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him …

Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors …

2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, …

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