Proverbs 25:23
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English Standard Version
The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

King James Bible
The north wind driveth away rain: so doth 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.

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.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This proverb is of a kindred character to the foregoing. "If thy comrade eats honey," says an Arabic proverb quoted by Hitzig, "do not lick it all up." But the emblem of honey is not continued in this verse:

Make rare thy foot in thy neighbour's house,

Lest he be satiated with thee, and hate thee.

To make one's foot rare or dear from a neighbour's house is equivalent to: to enter it seldom, and not too frequently; הוקר includes in itself the idea of keeping at a distance (Targ. כּלה רגלך; Symmachus, ὑπόστειλον; and another: φίμωσον πόδα σου), and מן has the sense of the Arab. 'an, and is not the comparative, as at Isaiah 13:12 : regard thy visit dearer than the house of a neighbour (Heidenheim). The proverb also is significant as to the relation of friend to friend, whose reciprocal love may be turned into hatred by too much intercourse and too great fondness. But רעך is including a friend, any one with whom we stand in any kind of intercourse. "Let him who seeks to be of esteem," says a German proverb, "come seldom;" and that may be said with reference to him whom his heart draws to another, and also to him who would be of use to another by drawing him out of the false way and guiding on the right path - a showing of esteem, a confirming of love by visiting, should not degenerate into forwardness which appears as burdensome servility, as indiscreet self-enjoyment; nor into a restless impetuosity, which seeks at once to gain by force that which one should allow gradually to ripen.

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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, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor.

Psalm 101:5 Whoever privately slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him that has an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found to you such as you would not...

Cross References
Psalm 35:16
like profane mockers at a feast, they gnash at me with their teeth.

Psalm 101:5
Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.

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