New International Version
restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.
King James Bible
Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
Darby Bible Translation
whosoever will restrain her restraineth the wind, and his right hand encountereth oil.
World English Bible
restraining her is like restraining the wind, or like grasping oil in his right hand.
Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is hiding her hath hidden the wind, And the ointment of his right hand calleth out.
Proverbs 27:16 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind - You may as well attempt to repress the blowing of the wind, as the tongue of a scold; and to conceal this unfortunate propensity of a wife is as impossible as to hush the storm, and prevent its sound from being heard.
The ointment of his right hand - You can no more conceal such a woman's conduct, than you can the smell of the aromatic oil with which your hand has been anointed. The Hebrew is very obscure, and is variously translated. Coverdale thus: "He that refrayneth her, refrayneth the wynde; and holdith oyle fast in his honde." That is, he attempts to do what is impossible to be done.
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A sermon (No. 94) delivered on Sabbath morning, August 25, 1856, by C. H. Spurgeon at Maberley Chapel, Kingsland, on behalf of the Metropolitan Benefit Societies' Asylum, Ball's Pond Road, Islington. "Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."--Proverbs 27:1. God's most holy Word was principally written to inform us of the way to heaven, and to guide us in our path through this world to the realms of eternal life and light. But as if to teach us that God is …
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