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Proverbs 25:23

    Proverbs 25:23 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The north wind drives away rain: so does an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The north wind bringeth forth rain: So doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

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

    Webster's Revision

    The north wind bringeth forth rain: So doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

    World English Bible

    The north wind brings forth rain: so a backbiting tongue brings an angry face.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The north wind bringeth forth rain: so doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

    Definitions for Proverbs 25:23

    Countenance - Appearance.
    Doth - To do; to produce; make.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 25:23

    The north wind driveth away rain - The margin has, "The north wind bringeth forth rain." It is said that the "north wind brings forth rain at Jerusalem, because it brings with it the vapours arising from the sea that lies north of it." The marginal is the true reading; and is supported by the Chaldee, Syriac, and Septuagint; but the Arabic reads south wind.

    A backbiting tongue - A hidden tongue.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 25:23

    The marginal reading is far more accurate and gives a better sense. The northwest wind in Palestine commonly brings rain, and this was probably in the thought of the writer.