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Proverbs 25:23 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The north wind bringeth forth rain: So doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The north wind driveth away rain: so [doth] an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The north wind driveth away rain: so [doth] an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The north wind bringeth forth rain, and the angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— A north wind, bringeth forth rain, and, a face stirred with indignation, a secretive tongue.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A north wind bringeth forth rain, And a secret tongue—indignant faces.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The north wind driveth away rain, as doth a sad countenance a backbiting tongue.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The North winde driueth away raine: so doeth an angrie countenance a backbiting tongue.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The north wind raises clouds; so an impudent face provokes the tongue.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The north wind driveth away rain: so [doth] an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The north 6828
{6828} Prime
From H6845; properly hidden, that is, dark; used only of the north as a quarter (gloomy and unknown).
wind 7307
{7307} Prime
From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions).
driveth away 2342
{2342} Prime
A primitive root; properly to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner), that is, (specifically) to dance, to writhe in pain (especially of parturition) or fear; figuratively to wait, to pervert.
<8787> Grammar
Stem - Polel (See H8847)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 72
rain: 1653
{1653} Prime
From H1652; a shower.
so [doth] an angry 2194
{2194} Prime
A primitive root; properly to foam at the mouth, that is, to be enraged.
<8737> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 793
countenance 6440
{6440} Prime
Plural (but always used as a singular) of an unused noun (פָּנֶה paneh, {paw-neh'}; from H6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.).
a backbiting 5643
{5643} Prime
From H5641; a cover (in a good or a bad, a literal or a figurative sense).
tongue. 3956
{3956} Prime
From H3960; the tongue (of man or animals), used literally (as the instrument of licking, eating, or speech), and figuratively (speech, an ingot, a fork of flame, a cove of water).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 25:23

_ _ Better, “As the north wind bringeth forth (Psalms 90:2) or produces rain, so does a concealed or slandering tongue produce anger.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 25:23

_ _ Here see, 1. How we must discourage sin and witness against it, and particularly the sin of slandering and backbiting; we must frown upon it, and, by giving it an angry countenance, endeavour to put it out of countenance. Slanders would not be so readily spoken as they are if they were not readily heard; but good manners would silence the slanderer if he saw that his tales displeased the company. We should show ourselves uneasy if we heard a dear friend, whom we value, evil-spoken of; the same dislike we should show of evil-speaking in general. If we cannot otherwise reprove, we may do it by our looks. 2. The good effect which this might probably have; who knows but it may silence and drive away a backbiting tongue? Sin, if it be countenanced, becomes daring, but, if it receive any check, it is so conscious of its own shame that it becomes cowardly, and this sin in particular, for many abuse those they speak of only in hopes to curry favour with those they speak to.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Job 37:22 Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God [is] terrible majesty.

etc. or, bringeth forth rain; so doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance, Monconys says, that when travelling on the second of January, 1648, from Tripoli in Syria, between Lebanon and the sea, it rained without ceasing, while the north wind blew directly in his face.


Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
Psalms 15:3 [He that] backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
Psalms 101:5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and [that] I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest [there be] debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
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