Proverbs 25:25
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New International Version
Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.

New Living Translation
Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty.

English Standard Version
Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

New American Standard Bible
Like cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a distant land.

King James Bible
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Good news from a distant land is like cold water to a parched throat.

International Standard Version
Cold water to someone who is thirsty — that's what good news from a distant land is.

NET Bible
Like cold water to a weary person, so is good news from a distant land.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Like cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news that comes from a distant land.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Like] cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from far away.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

King James 2000 Bible
As cold water is to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

American King James Version
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

American Standard Version
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, So is good news from a far country.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good tidings from a far country.

Darby Bible Translation
[As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

English Revised Version
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Webster's Bible Translation
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

World English Bible
Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Young's Literal Translation
As cold waters for a weary soul, So is a good report from a far country.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - As cold waters to a thirsty soul. The particle of comparison is not in this first clause in the Hebrew. (For "cold waters," comp. Jeremiah 18:14.) So is good news from a far country. The nostalgia of an exile, and the craving for tidings of him felt by his friends at home, are like a parching thirst. The relief to the latter, when they receive good news of the wanderer, is as refreshing as a draught of cool water to a fainting, weary man. We do not know that the Hebrews were great travellers in those days; but any communication from a distant country would be very uncertain in arriving at its destination, and would at any rate take a long time in transmission, in most cases there would be nothing to rest upon but vague report, or a message carried by some travelling merchant. There is a somewhat similar proverb found at Ver. 13 and Proverbs 15:30. The ancient commentators have seen in this news from a distant country the announcement of Christ's birth by the angels at Bethlehem, or the preaching of the gospel that tells of the joys of heaven, the land that is very far off (Isaiah 33:17).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As cold waters to a thirsty soul,.... Water is naturally cold; and is by classic writers expressed by "cold" itself (c), and is very refreshing to one athirst through heat: or, "to a weary soul" (d); to one wearied with labour; or to a traveller weary with travelling, especially in hot countries, as in the deserts of Arabia, or in places where it is rare to meet with a brook, stream, or fountain of water; which, when he does, it is exceeding pleasant and agreeable to him;

so is good news from a far country; so acceptable is it to hear from a friend in a distant part of the world, and particularly to hear good news of him. Such is the Gospel; it is good news, and glad tidings of good things; it brings the good news of the grace, and favour, and good will of God to men; of his appointment and provision of a Saviour for them; of the incarnation of Christ; of salvation being wrought out by him for the chief of sinners, which is free, full, and for ever; and of peace, pardon, righteousness, and eternal life, through him, And this comes "from a far country"; from heaven, the better country than Canaan, which was a type of it, or any country in this world, and which is afar from hence; the Gospel comes from God in heaven, and it is a report concerning that; it is good news to saints, of an estate they have there, an inheritance, a house, a city and kingdom prepared for them there: this news is brought by the prophets of the Old Testament, who diligently inquired of salvation by Christ; by the angels at Christ's incarnation; by John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ; by Christ himself, who was anointed to preach good tidings to the meek; and by his apostles, and all the faithful ministers of the word: and the message they bring is good news; not to carnal and self-righteous persons, but to sensible sinners; and to them it is as cold waters to a weary or thirsty soul; it assuages the heat of the law, and the wrath that works in the conscience; it quenches the thirst of carnal things, and after a man's own righteousness; it revives and refreshes his weary drooping spirits, and fills him with a joy unspeakable and full of glory; as Jacob's spirits were revived on hearing the good news of Joseph, Genesis 45:26.

(c) "Perfundit gelida", Horat. Sermon. l. 2. Sat. 7. v. 91. (d) "lassa", Montanus; "lasso", Tigurine version, so Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25. (Compare Pr 25:13).

good news—that is, of some loved interest or absent friend, the more grateful as coming from afar.

Proverbs 25:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
More Proverbs of Solomon
24It is better to live in a corner of the roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman. 25Like cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a distant land. 26Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:30
Light in a messenger's eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.

Proverbs 25:26
Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
Treasury of Scripture

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

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Genesis 21:16-19 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as …

Ecclesiastes 1:7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; to the …

Ecclesiastes 2:3,6 I sought in my heart to give myself to wine, yet acquainting my heart …

Judges 15:18,19 And he was sore thirsty, and called on the LORD, and said, You have …

2 Samuel 23:15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the …

Psalm 42:1,2 As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God…

Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for …

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsts, come you to the waters, and he that has …

Jeremiah 18:14 Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon which comes from the rock of the field?…

John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, …

Revelation 21:6 And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning …

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, …

Nahum 1:15 Behold on the mountains the feet of him that brings good tidings, …

Luke 2:10,11 And the angel said to them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good …

Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, …

1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ …

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