Proverbs 25:14
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New International Version
Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.

King James Bible
Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

Darby Bible Translation
Clouds and wind without rain, [so] is a man that boasteth himself of a false gift.

World English Bible
As clouds and wind without rain, so is he who boasts of gifts deceptively.

Young's Literal Translation
Clouds and wind, and rain there is none, Is a man boasting himself in a false gift.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A false gift - מתת שקר mattath shaker, a lying gift, one promised, but never bestowed. "Whoso maketh greate boastes, and giveth nothing;" Coverdale. So the Vulgate: "Vir gloriosus, et promissa non complens;" "A bragging man, who does not fulfill his promises," is like clouds which appear to be laden with vapor, and like the wind which, though it blow from a rainy quarter, brings no moistness with it. So the vain boaster; he is big with promise, but performs nothing.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

1 Kings 22:11 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus said the LORD, With these shall you push the Syrians...

Luke 14:11 For whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself shall be exalted.

Luke 18:10-14 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican...

2 Corinthians 11:13-18,31 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ...

2 Peter 2:15-19 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor...

Jude 1:12,13,16 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water...

of a false gift or in a gift of falsehood

Library
An Unwalled City
'He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.'--PROVERBS xxv. 28. The text gives us a picture of a state of society when an unwalled city is no place for men to dwell in. In the Europe of today there are still fortified places, but for the most part, battlements are turned into promenades; the gateways are gateless; the sweet flowers blooming where armed feet used to tread; and men live securely without bolts and bars. But their spirits cannot yet
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

That a Man Should not be a Curious Searcher of the Sacrament, but a Humble Imitator of Christ, Submitting his Sense to Holy Faith
The Voice of the Beloved Thou must take heed of curious and useless searching into this most profound Sacrament, if thou wilt not be plunged into the abyss of doubt. He that is a searcher of Majesty shall be oppressed by the glory thereof.(1) God is able to do more than man can understand. A pious and humble search after truth is to be allowed, when it is always ready to be taught, and striving to walk after the wholesome opinions of the fathers. 2. Blessed is the simplicity which leaveth alone
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

God's Glory the Chief End of Man's Being
Rom. xi. 36.--"Of him and through him, and to him, are all things, to whom be glory for ever." And 1 Cor. x. 31--"Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." All that men have to know, may be comprised under these two heads,--What their end is, and What is the right way to attain to that end? And all that we have to do, is by any means to seek to compass that end. These are the two cardinal points of a man's knowledge and exercise. Quo et qua eundum est,--Whither to go, and what way to go.
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Christian Behavior
Being the fruits of true Christianity: Teaching husbands, wives, parents, children, masters, servants, etc., how to walk so as to please God. With a word of direction to all backsliders. Advertisement by the Editor This valuable practical treatise, was first published as a pocket volume about the year 1674, soon after the author's final release from his long and dangerous imprisonment. It is evident from the concluding paragraph that he considered his liberty and even his life to be still in a very
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

Cross References
Jude 1:12
These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm--shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted--twice dead.

Proverbs 20:6
Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?

Jeremiah 5:13
The prophets are but wind and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them."

Micah 2:11
If a liar and deceiver comes and says, 'I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,' that would be just the prophet for this people!

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