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.
Proverbs 25:14 Parallel
CommentaryClarke'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.
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of a false gift or in a gift of falsehood
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'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 …
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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.
Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?
The prophets are but wind and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them."
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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