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Proverbs 27:16 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He that would restrain her restraineth the wind; And his right hand encountereth oil.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, [which] bewrayeth [itself].
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— He who would restrain her restrains the wind, And grasps oil with his right hand.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Whoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand [which] bewrayeth [itself].
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— whosoever will restrain her restraineth the wind, and his right hand encountereth oil.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— He that hideth her, hideth the wind, and, perfume, his right hand may proclaim.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Whoso is hiding her hath hidden the wind, And the ointment of his right hand calleth out.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He that retaineth her, is as he that would hold the wind, and shall call the oil of his right hand.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Whosoeuer hideth her, hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand [which] be wrayeth [it selfe].
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The north wind is sharp, but it is called by name propitious.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, [which] bewrayeth [itself].

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Whosoever hideth 6845
{6845} Prime
צָפַן
tsaphan
{tsaw-fan'}
A primitive root; to hide (by covering over); by implication to hoard or reserve; figuratively to deny; specifically (favorably) to protect, (unfavorably) to lurk.
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
her hideth 6845
{6845} Prime
צָפַן
tsaphan
{tsaw-fan'}
A primitive root; to hide (by covering over); by implication to hoard or reserve; figuratively to deny; specifically (favorably) to protect, (unfavorably) to lurk.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
the wind, 7307
{7307} Prime
רוּחַ
ruwach
{roo'-akh}
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).
and the ointment 8081
{8081} Prime
שֶׁמֶן
shemen
{sheh'-men}
From H8080; grease, especially liquid (as from the olive, often perfumed); figuratively richness.
of his right hand, 3225
{3225} Prime
יָמִין
yamiyn
{yaw-meen'}
From H3231; the right hand or side (leg, eye) of a person or other object (as the stronger and more dexterous); locally, the south.
[which] bewrayeth 7121
{7121} Prime
קָרָא
qara'
{kaw-raw'}
A primitive root (rather identical with H7122 through the idea of accosting a person met); to call out to (that is, properly address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
[itself].
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 27:16

_ _ hideth — or, “restrains” (that is, tries to do it); is as fruitless an effort, as that of holding the wind.

_ _ the ointment of his right hand — the organ of power (Psalms 17:7; Psalms 18:35). His right hand endeavors to repress perfume, but vainly. Some prefer: “His right hand comes on oil,” that is, “cannot take hold.” Such a woman cannot be tamed.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Proverbs 27:15-16.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 27:16

Hideth — Attempts to smother her passion. Right — hand — Which being the great instrument of action, by its much stirring, diffuses the savour of it.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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the ointment:

John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
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