Proverbs 25:20
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English Standard Version
Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.

King James Bible
As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

American Standard Version
As one that taketh off a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon soda, So is he that singeth songs to a heavy heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And one that looseth his garment in cold weather. As vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to a very evil heart. As a moth doth by a garment, and a worm by the wood: so the sadness of a man consumeth the heart.

English Revised Version
As one that taketh off a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre; so is he that singeth songs to a heavy heart.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

This proverb relates to the word which promises much, but remains unaccomplished:

Clouds and wind, and yet no rain -

A man who boasteth with a false gift.

Incorrectly the lxx and Targ. refer the predicate contained in the concluding word of the first line to all the three subjects; and equally incorrectly Hitzig, with Heidenheim, interprets מתּת שׁקר, of a gift that has been received of which one boasts, although it is in reality of no value, because by a lying promise a gift is not at all obtained. But as לחם כזבים, Proverbs 23:3, is bread which, as it were, deceives him who eats it, so מתת שׁקר is a gift which amounts to a lie, i.e., a deceitful pretence. Rightly Jerome: vir gloriosus et promissa non complens. In the Arab. ṣaliḍ, which Fleischer compares, the figure 14a and its counterpart 14b are amalgamated, for this word signifies both a boaster and a cloud, which is, as it were, boastful, which thunders much, but rains only sparsely or not at all. Similar is the Arab. khullab, clouds which send forth lightning, and which thunder, but yet give no rain; we say to one, magno promissor hiatu: thou art (Arab.) kabaraḳn khullabin, i.e., as Lane translates it: "Thou art only like lightning with which is no rain." Schultens refers to this proverbial Arabic, fulmen nubis infecundae. Liberality is called (Arab.) nadnay, as a watering, cf. Proverbs 11:25. The proverb belongs to this circle of figures. It is a saying of the German peasants, "Wenn es sich wolket, so will es regnen" [when it is cloudy, then there will be rain]; but according to another saying, "nicht alle Wolken regnen" [it is not every cloud that yields rain]. "There are clouds and wind without rain."

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Deuteronomy 24:12-17 And if the man be poor, you shall not sleep with his pledge...

Job 24:7-10 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold...

Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? when you see the naked...

James 2:15,16 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food...

vinegar

Proverbs 10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

so

Psalm 137:3,4 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying...

Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Daniel 6:18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him...

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

James 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins...

Cross References
Proverbs 25:19
Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.

Proverbs 25:21
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,

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