Proverbs 25:25
New International Version
Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.

New Living Translation
Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty.

English Standard Version
Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Berean Study Bible
Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.

New American Standard Bible
Like cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a distant land.

King James Bible
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Christian Standard Bible
Good news from a distant land is like cold water to a parched throat.

Contemporary English Version
Good news from far away refreshes like cold water when you are thirsty.

Good News Translation
Finally hearing good news from a distant land is like a drink of cold water when you are dry and thirsty.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Good news from a distant land is like cold water to a parched throat.

International Standard Version
Cold water to someone who is thirsty — that's what good news from a distant land is.

NET Bible
Like cold water to a weary person, so is good news from a distant land.

New Heart English Bible
Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Like cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news that comes from a distant land.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Like] cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from far away.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As cold waters to a faint soul, So is good news from a far country.

New American Standard 1977
Like cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a distant land.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

King James 2000 Bible
As cold water is to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

American King James Version
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

American Standard Version
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, So is good news from a far country.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
As cold water is agreeable to a thirsting soul, so is a good message from a land far off.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good tidings from a far country.

Darby Bible Translation
[As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

English Revised Version
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Webster's Bible Translation
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

World English Bible
Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Young's Literal Translation
As cold waters for a weary soul, So is a good report from a far country.
Study Bible
More Proverbs of Solomon
24Better to live on a corner of the roof than to share a house with a quarrelsome wife. 25Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. 26Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:30
The light of the eyes cheers the heart, and good news nourishes the bones.

Proverbs 25:26
Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.

Treasury of Scripture

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

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Genesis 21:16-19
And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept…

Ecclesiastes 1:7
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

Ecclesiastes 2:3,6
I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life…

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Nahum 1:15
Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.

Luke 2:10,11
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people…

Romans 10:15
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!







Lexicon
[Like] cold
קָ֭רִים (qā·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7119: Cool, quiet

water
מַ֣יִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

to
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

a weary
עֲיֵפָ֑ה (‘ă·yê·p̄āh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5889: Faint, weary

soul
נֶ֣פֶשׁ (ne·p̄eš)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

[is] good
ט֝וֹבָ֗ה (ṭō·w·ḇāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

news
וּשְׁמוּעָ֥ה (ū·šə·mū·‘āh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8052: Something heard, an announcement

from a distant
מֶרְחָֽק׃ (mer·ḥāq)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4801: Remoteness, a distant place, from afar

land.
מֵאֶ֥רֶץ (mê·’e·reṣ)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land
(25) Good news from a far country.--This is suggestive of the little communication which in old times took place between distant countries.

Verse 25. - As cold waters to a thirsty soul. The particle of comparison is not in this first clause in the Hebrew. (For "cold waters," comp. Jeremiah 18:14.) So is good news from a far country. The nostalgia of an exile, and the craving for tidings of him felt by his friends at home, are like a parching thirst. The relief to the latter, when they receive good news of the wanderer, is as refreshing as a draught of cool water to a fainting, weary man. We do not know that the Hebrews were great travellers in those days; but any communication from a distant country would be very uncertain in arriving at its destination, and would at any rate take a long time in transmission, in most cases there would be nothing to rest upon but vague report, or a message carried by some travelling merchant. There is a somewhat similar proverb found at Ver. 13 and Proverbs 15:30. The ancient commentators have seen in this news from a distant country the announcement of Christ's birth by the angels at Bethlehem, or the preaching of the gospel that tells of the joys of heaven, the land that is very far off (Isaiah 33:17). 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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