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Proverbs 12:25 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop; But a good word maketh it glad.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Heaviness in the heart of man depresseth it: but a good word maketh it glad.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop; but a good word maketh it glad.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— When anxiety is in the heart of a man, one may bow him down, but, a good word, maketh him glad.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Sorrow in the heart of a man boweth down, And a good word maketh him glad.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Grief in the heart of a man shall bring him low, but with a good word he shall be made glad.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Heauinesse in the heart of man maketh it stoope: but a good word maketh it glad.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A terrible word troubles the heart of a righteous man; but a good message rejoices him.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Heaviness 1674
{1674} Prime
דְּאָגָה
d@'agah
{deh-aw-gaw'}
From H1672; anxiety.
in the heart 3820
{3820} Prime
לֵב
leb
{labe}
A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything.
of man 376
{0376} Prime
אִישׁ
'iysh
{eesh}
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
maketh it stoop: 7812
{7812} Prime
שָׁחָה
shachah
{shaw-khaw'}
A primitive root; to depress, that is, prostrate (especially reflexively in homage to royalty or God).
z8686
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
but a good 2896
{2896} Prime
טוֹב
towb
{tobe}
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
word 1697
{1697} Prime
דָּבָר
dabar
{daw-baw'}
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
maketh it glad. 8055
{8055} Prime
שָׂמַח
samach
{saw-makh'}
A primitive root; probably to brighten up, that is, (figuratively) be (causatively make) blithe or gleesome.
z8762
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 12:25

_ _ a good word — one of comfort.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 12:25

_ _ Here is, 1. The cause and consequence of melancholy. It is heaviness in the heart; it is a load of care, and fear, and sorrow, upon the spirits, depressing them, and disabling them to exert themselves with any vigour on what is to be done or fortitude in what is to borne; it makes them stoop, prostrates and sinks them. Those that are thus oppressed can neither do the duty nor take the comfort of any relation, condition, or conversation. Those therefore that are inclined to it should watch and pray against it. 2. The cure of it: A good word from God, applied by faith, makes it glad; such a word is that (says one of the rabbin), Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; the good word of God, particularly the gospel, is designed to make the hearts glad that are weary and heavy-laden, Matthew 11:28. Ministers are to be helpers of this joy.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 12:25

A good word — A compassionate or encouraging word.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 12:25

Heaviness in the heart of man weigheth it down: but a (k) good word maketh it glad.

(k) That is, words of comfort, or a cheerful mind which is declared by his words, rejoices a man, as a covetous mind kills him.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
Heaviness:

Proverbs 14:10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the afflicted [are] evil: but he that is of a merry heart [hath] a continual feast.
Proverbs 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Proverbs 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
Nehemiah 2:1-2 And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, [that] wine [was] before him: and I took up the wine, and gave [it] unto the king. Now I had not been [beforetime] sad in his presence. ... Wherefore the king said unto me, Why [is] thy countenance sad, seeing thou [art] not sick? this [is] nothing [else] but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,
Psalms 38:6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
Psalms 42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God.
Mark 14:33-34 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; ... And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

but:

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.
Proverbs 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so [doth] the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to [him that is] weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
Zechariah 1:13 And the LORD answered the angel that talked with me [with] good words [and] comfortable words.
2 Corinthians 2:4-7 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you. ... So that contrariwise ye [ought] rather to forgive [him], and comfort [him], lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
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Ne 2:1. Ps 38:6; 42:11. Pv 12:18; 14:10; 15:13, 15, 23; 16:24; 17:22; 18:14; 25:11; 27:9. Is 50:4. Zc 1:13. Mk 14:33. 2Co 2:4.

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