Proverbs 12:25
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English Standard Version
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

King James Bible
Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

American Standard Version
Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop; But a good word maketh it glad.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Grief in the heart of a man shall bring him low, but with a good word he shall be made glad.

English Revised Version
Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop; but a good word maketh it glad.

Webster's Bible Translation
Heaviness in the heart of man depresseth it: but a good word maketh it glad.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

19 The lip of truth endures for ever,

     But the lying tongue only while I wink with the eye.

None of the old translators understood the phrase ועד־ארגּיעה; the Venet. also, which follows Kimchi's first explanation, is incorrect: ἕως ῥήξεως, till I split (shatter) it (the tongue). Abulwald is nearer the correct rendering when he takes ארגיעה as a noun equals רגע with He parag. Ahron b. Joseph is better in rendering the phrase by: until I make a רגע, and quite correct if רגע (from רגע equals Arab. raj', which is used of the swinging of the balance) is taken in the sense of a twinkling of the eye (Schultens: vibramen); cf. Orelli's Die hebr. Synonyme der Zeit und Ewigkeit, p. 27f., where the synonyms for a twinkling of the eye, a moment, are placed together. עד (properly progress) has in this phrase the meaning, while, so long as, and the cohortative signifies, in contradistinction to ארגיע, which may also denote an unwilling movement of the eyelids, a movement proceeding from a free determination, serving for the measurement of a short space of time, Ewald, 228a. ארגיעה, Jeremiah 49:19; Jeremiah 50:44, where Ewald takes כי ארגיעה (when I...) in the same sense as אד־ארגיעה here, which is more appropriate than the explanation of Hitzig, who regards כי as opening the principal clause, and attaches to הרגיע the quite too pregnant signification "to need (for an action) only a moment." The lip of truth, i.e., the lip which speaketh truth, endures for ever (for truth, אמת equals אמנתּ, is just the enduring); but the tongue of falsehood is only for a moment, or a wink of the eye, for it is soon convicted, and with disgrace brings to silence; for a post-bibl. Aram. proverb says: קוּשׁטא קאי שׁקרא לא קאי, the truth endures, the lie endures not (Schabbath 104a), and a Hebrew proverb: השּׁקר אין לו רגלים, the lie has no feet (on which it can stand).

(Note: Vid., Duke's Rabbin. Blumenlese (1844), p. 231.)

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Proverbs 14:10 The heart knows his own bitterness; and a stranger does not intermeddle with his joy.

Proverbs 15:13,15,23 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken...

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries 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...

Psalm 38:6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

Psalm 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within me? hope you in God: for I shall yet praise him...

Mark 14:33,34 And he takes with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy...


Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 15:23 A man has 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 does the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary...

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 to you with many tears; not that you should be grieved...

Cross References
Proverbs 12:26
One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Proverbs 15:13
A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.

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