Proverbs 25:23

“The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The North winde driueth away raine: so doeth an angrie countenance a backbiting tongue.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The north wind bringeth forth rain: So doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.
- American Standard Version (1901)

As the north wind gives birth to rain, so is an angry face caused by a tongue saying evil secretly.
- Basic English Bible

The north wind bringeth forth rain, and the angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
- Darby Bible

The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
- Webster's Bible

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

A north wind bringeth forth rain, And a secret tongue -- indignant faces.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The north wind bringeth forth rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Proverbs 25

  • BSP
    Verse 15 shows that a mild reply can soften one's demeanor. Speaking in a harsh way can cause one to harden themselves.
  • Rodion Ponomariev
    Chapter 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
  • Timk
    Proverbs 25:2, along with Pa7ls admission to Timothy to study the scriptures is what drives me to find the truths of Gods word. I want to become a "king"
  • 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....

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