Proverbs 25:20

As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

As hee that taketh away a garment in cold weather; and as vineger vpon nitre; so is he that singeth songs to an heauy heart.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{Like} one who takes off a garment on a cold day, {or like} vinegar on soda, Is he who sings songs to a troubled heart.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

`As' one that taketh off a garment in cold weather, `and as' vinegar upon soda, So is he that singeth songs to a heavy heart.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Like one who takes off clothing in cold weather and like acid on a wound, is he who makes melody to a sad heart.
- Basic English Bible

[As] he that taketh off a garment in cold weather, [and as] vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to a sad heart.
- Darby Bible

As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre; so is he that singeth songs to a heavy heart.
- Webster's Bible

As one who takes away a garment in cold weather, or vinegar on soda, so is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
- World English Bible

Whoso is taking away a garment in a cold day, [Is as] vinegar on nitre, And a singer of songs on a sad heart.
- Youngs Literal Bible

As one that taketh off a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to a heavy heart.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 25:20


25:20 As vinegar - Which dissolves the nitre, and makes it useless and ineffectual.


Discussion for Proverbs 25

  • Margaret mbyru
    This is one of my favorite verses in the bible. I love because it always reminds me of how important it is to remain pure in heart. It also keeps reminding me for God to use me purification is not a matter of choice. God uses the vessel that's purified and ready to be used
  • Cathy-Austin Otekhile
    Verse 5 "take away the dross from the silver " whatever that is in our lives making us an unworthy vessels need to be taking away. We need to put off the old nature and then our vessels can become finer and ready for the master's use. Remember a little yeast leavened the whole lump.
  • Jason
    Proverbs 29:19 seems to naturally fit with verse 13 of same chapter. A faithful messenger is refreshing to his master, whereas the master, Jesus can not put confidence in an unfaithful man. That man is like a broken tooth, serves no purpose, or a foot out of joint. Imagine us as the body of Christ here on earth, with a mission to spread a message, the gospel in fact. A faithful messenger of the gospel will refresh our Lord, but an unfaithful man, who fails to properly function as a member of the body, proves useless, and weakens the body. How far can we get with a foot out of joint? We must work together, to please the King, not the pastors or the church folk, but be a messenger that proves faithful and refreshes the Lord with our obedience to the call, to go out into all the world, preach the gospel, and make disciples of all men....
  • HARY COLLINS
    As children of God, let us cultivate the habit of showing so much love to all our enemies, for it pleases our God to see us do so.
  • Evang ALI OBADIAH UMAR for verse 2
    God Almighty is worthy to be worship, to be trusted and He alone remains unsearchable by all His creation.
  • Crystal patton for verse 19
    I love this scripture, because man will let you down quite often and it shows us the importance of always believing in and trusting God in all of our everyday lives especially in the times of trouble. Man lets you down its a very weary thing, its best to just put all of our trust in our savior Jesus Christ.

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