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

New Living Translation
A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.

English Standard Version
Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.

Berean Study Bible
Like clouds and wind without rain is the man who boasts of gifts never given.

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

New King James Version
Whoever falsely boasts of giving Is like clouds and wind without rain.

New American Standard Bible
Like clouds and wind without rain Is a person who boasts of his gifts falsely.

NASB 1995
Like clouds and wind without rain Is a man who boasts of his gifts falsely.

NASB 1977
Like clouds and wind without rain Is a man who boasts of his gifts falsely.

Amplified Bible
Like clouds and wind without rain Is a man who boasts falsely of gifts [he does not give].

Christian Standard Bible
The one who boasts about a gift that does not exist is like clouds and wind without rain.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The man who boasts about a gift that does not exist is like clouds and wind without rain.

American Standard Version
As clouds and wind without rain,'so is he that boasteth himself of his gifts falsely.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As when there are clouds and wind without rain, so is a man that boasts of false gifts.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
As winds and clouds and rains are most evident objects, so is he that boasts of a false gift.

Contemporary English Version
Broken promises are worse than rain clouds that don't bring rain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As clouds, and wind, when no rain followeth, so is the man that boasteth, and doth not fulfil his promises.

English Revised Version
As clouds and wind without rain, so is he that boasteth himself of his gifts falsely.

Good News Translation
People who promise things that they never give are like clouds and wind that bring no rain.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Like] a dense fog or a dust storm, [so] is a person who brags about a gift that he does not give.

International Standard Version
Like clouds and winds without rain is the man who brags about gifts he never gave.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As vapours and wind without rain, So is he that boasteth himself of a false gift.

Literal Standard Version
Clouds and wind without rain, "" [Is] a man boasting himself in a false gift.

NET Bible
Like cloudy skies and wind that produce no rain, so is the one who boasts of a gift not given.

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

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
More Proverbs of Solomon
13Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters. 14Like clouds and wind without rain is the man who boasts of gifts never given. 15Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.…

Cross References
Jude 1:12
These men are hidden reefs in your love feasts, shamelessly feasting with you but shepherding only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried along by the wind; fruitless trees in autumn, twice dead after being uprooted.

Proverbs 20:6
Many a man proclaims his loving devotion, but who can find a trustworthy man?

Jeremiah 5:13
The prophets are but wind, for the word is not in them. So let their own predictions befall them."

Micah 2:11
If a man of wind were to come and say falsely, "I will preach to you of wine and strong drink," he would be just the preacher for this people!


Treasury of Scripture

Whoever boasts himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

boasteth

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 saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them.

Luke 14:11
For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.









(14) Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift--i.e., talks loudly of what he is going to do for another, and then does nothing.

Clouds and wind.--Generally followed by heavy rain, (Comp. 1Kings 18:45.)

Verse 14. - The Hebrew is, Clouds and wind without rain - he that boasteth himself in a gift of falsehood (see on Ver. 11). The proverb is concerned with promises disappointed. Clouds and wind are generally in the East the precursors of heavy rain, as we read in 1 Kings 18:45, "In a little while the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain." After such phenomena, which, according to current meteorological observation, gave every hope of a refreshing shower in the time of summer drought, to see the clouds pass away without affording a single drop of rain is a grievous disappointment. The metaphor is found in the New Testament. St. Jude (Ver. 12) calls false teachers "clouds without water, carried along by winds." "A gift of falsehood," equivalent to "a false gift," one that deceives, because it is only promised and never given. A man makes a great parade of going to bestow a handsome present, and then sneaks out of it, and gives nothing. Such a one is, as St. Jerome renders, Vir gloriosus, et promissa non complens. The old commentators quote Ovid, 'Heroid.,' 6:509 -

"Mobilis AEsonide, vernaque incertior aura,
Cur tua pollicito pondere verba carent?"
Deeds are fruits, says the proverb, "words are but leaves;" and "Vainglory blossoms, but never bears fruit." Concerning the folly of making stupid boasts, the Bengalee proverb speaks of a pedlar in ginger getting tidings of his ship. The Septuagint is incorrect, "As winds, and clouds, and rains are most evident (ἐπιφανέστατα), so is he who boasts of a false gift."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
[Like] clouds
נְשִׂיאִ֣ים (nə·śî·’îm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5387: An exalted one, a king, sheik, a rising mist

and wind
וְ֭רוּחַ (wə·rū·aḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

without
אָ֑יִן (’ā·yin)
Adverb
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

rain
וְגֶ֣שֶׁם (wə·ḡe·šem)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1653: Rain, shower

[is] the man
אִ֥ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

who boasts
מִ֝תְהַלֵּ֗ל (miṯ·hal·lêl)
Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1984: To shine

of gifts
בְּמַתַּת־ (bə·mat·taṯ-)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 4991: A present

never given.
שָֽׁקֶר׃ (šā·qer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8267: Deception, disappointment, falsehood


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