Proverbs 25:23
New International Version
Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue--which provokes a horrified look.

New Living Translation
As surely as a north wind brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger!

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

Berean Study Bible
As the north wind brings forth rain, so a backbiting tongue brings angry looks.

New American Standard Bible
The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.

King James Bible
The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

Christian Standard Bible
The north wind produces rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

Contemporary English Version
As surely as rain blows in from the north, anger is caused by cruel words.

Good News Translation
Gossip brings anger just as surely as the north wind brings rain.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The north wind produces rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

International Standard Version
The north wind brings rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry look.

NET Bible
The north wind brings forth rain, and a gossiping tongue brings forth an angry look.

New Heart English Bible
The north wind brings forth rain: so a backbiting tongue brings an angry face.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As the North wind gives birth to rain, so also is an evil face to a lurking tongue.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[As] the north wind brings rain, so a whispering tongue brings angry looks.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The north wind bringeth forth rain, And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

New American Standard 1977
The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The north wind drives away rain, so does an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

King James 2000 Bible
The north wind brings forth rain: so does a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

American King James Version
The north wind drives away rain: so does 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.

Darby Bible Translation
The north wind bringeth forth rain, and the angry 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.

World English Bible
The north wind brings forth rain: so a backbiting tongue brings an angry face.

Young's Literal Translation
A north wind bringeth forth rain, And a secret tongue -- indignant faces.
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More Proverbs of Solomon
22For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. 23As the north wind brings forth rain, so a backbiting tongue brings angry looks. 24Better to live on a corner of the roof than to share a house with a quarrelsome wife.…
Cross References
Psalm 35:16
Like godless jesters at a feast, they gnashed their teeth at me.

Psalm 101:5
Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, I will put to silence; the one with haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not endure.

Treasury of Scripture

The north wind drives away rain: so does an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

north

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, …

Psalm 101:5 Whoever privately slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him …

Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors …

2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, …







Lexicon
As the north
צָ֭פוֹן (ṣā·p̄ō·wn)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6828: Hidden, dark, the north as a, quarter

wind
ר֣וּחַ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

brings forth
תְּח֣וֹלֵֽל (tə·ḥō·w·lêl)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2342: To twist, whirl, to dance, to writhe in pain, fear, to wait, to pervert

rain,
גָּ֑שֶׁם (gā·šem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1653: Rain, shower

so a backbiting
סָֽתֶר׃ (sā·ṯer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5643: A covering, hiding place, secrecy

tongue
לְשׁ֣וֹן (lə·šō·wn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3956: The tongue

[brings] angry
נִ֝זְעָמִ֗ים (niz·‘ā·mîm)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2194: To foam at the mouth, to be enraged

looks.
וּפָנִ֥ים (ū·p̄ā·nîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face
(23) The north wind driveth away rain.--The marginal rendering is probably more correct: "The north wind bringeth forth rain;" but as this seems to be opposed to Job 37:22, it has been thought that the north-west, which is a rainy wind, must be intended here.

So doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.--Rather, So doth a backbiting tongue (bring forth, or cause) troubled faces.

Verse 23. - The north wind driveth away rain. So St. Jerome (Ventus Aquilo dissipat pluvias), Symmachus, Aben Ezra, and others. The north wind is called by the natives of Palestine "the heavenly," from the bright effect which it produces in the sky. "By means of the north wind cometh he (the sun) forth as gold" (Job 37:22). But the verb here used (חול) means "to bring forth, produce" (Psalm 90:2); hence the Revised Version rightly renders, "The north wind bringeth forth rain." This is quite true if "north wind" be taken as equivalent to "wind from the dark quarter" (Umbreit), like ζόφος in Greek; and, in fact, the northwest wind in Palestine does bring rain. Septuagint, "The north wind arouseth (ἐξεγείρει) clouds." So doth an angry countenance a backbiting, tongue. Carrying on the interpretation intended by the Authorized Version, this clause means that an angry leer will check a slanderer and incline him to hold his peace from prudential motives. But with the rendering given above, "bringeth forth," another explanation is involved, viz. "So does a secret, slandering tongue cause a troubled countenance." When a man discovers that a secret slanderer is working against him, he shows it by his gloomy and angry look, as the sky is dark with clouds when a storm is threatened. "Countenance" is plural in the Hebrew, denoting, as Hitzig points out, that the calumniator does not affect one person only, but occasions trouble far and wide, destroys friendly relations between many, excites suspicion and enmity in various quarters Septuagint, "An impudent countenance provokes the tongue." 25:19. Confidence in an unfaithful man is painful and vexatious; when we put any stress on him, he not only fails, but makes us feel for it. 20. We take a wrong course if we think to relieve those in sorrow by endeavouring to make them merry. 21,22. The precept to love even our enemies is an Old Testament commandment. Our Saviour has shown his own great example in loving us when we were enemies. 23. Slanders would not be so readily spoken, if they were not readily heard. Sin, if it receives any check, becomes cowardly. 24. It is better to be alone, than to be joined to one who is a hinderance to the comfort of life. 25. Heaven is a country afar off; how refreshing is good news from thence, in the everlasting gospel, which signifies glad tidings, and in the witness of the Spirit with our spirits that we are God's children! 26. When the righteous are led into sin, it is as hurtful as if the public fountains were poisoned. 27. We must be, through grace, dead to the pleasures of sense, and also to the praises of men. 28. The man who has no command over his anger, is easily robbed of peace. Let us give up ourselves to the Lord, and pray him to put his Spirit within us, and cause us to walk in his statutes.
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