Proverbs 26:1
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English Standard Version
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.

King James Bible
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

American Standard Version
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, So honor is not seemly for a fool.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As snow in summer, and rain in harvest, so glory is not seemly for a fool.

English Revised Version
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

Webster's Bible Translation
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest; so honor is not seemly for a fool.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The next group of proverbs extends from Proverbs 25:23 to Proverbs 25:28.

23 Wind from the north produceth rain;

     And a secret tongue a troubled countenance.

The north is called צפון, from צפן, to conceal, from the firmament darkening itself for a longer time, and more easily, like the old Persian apâkhtara, as (so it appears) the starless, and, like aquilo, the north wind, as bringing forward the black clouds. But properly the "fathers of rain" are, in Syria, the west and the south-west; and so little can צפון here mean the pure north wind, that Jerome, who knew from his own experience the changes of weather in Palestine, helps himself, after Symmachus (διαλύει βροχήν), with a quid pro quo out of the difficulty: ventus aquilo dissipat pluvias; the Jewish interpreters (Aben Ezra, Joseph Kimchi, and Meri) also thus explain, for they connect together תחולל, in the meaning תמנע, with the unintelligible חלילה (far be it!). But צפון may also, perhaps like ζόφος (Deutsch. Morgenl. Zeitsch. xxi. 600f.), standing not without connection therewith, denote the northwest; and probably the proverb emphasized the northern direction of the compass, because, according to the intention of the similitude, he seeks to designate such rain as is associated with raw, icy-cold weather, as the north wind (Proverbs 27:16, lxx, Sir. 43:20) brings along with it. The names of the winds are gen. fem., e.g., Isaiah 43:6. תּחולל (Aquila, ὠδίνει; cf. Proverbs 8:24, ὠδινήθην) has in Codd., e.g., the Jaman., the tone on the penult., and with Tsere Metheg (Thorath Emeth, p. 21) serving as העמדה. So also the Arab. nataj is used of the wind, as helping the birth of the rain-clouds. Manifestly פנים נזעמים, countenances manifesting extreme displeasure (vid., the Kal זעם, Proverbs 24:24), are compared to rain. With justice Hitzig renders פנים, as e.g., John 2:6, in the plur. sense; because, for the influence which the tongue slandering in secret (Psalm 101:5) has on the slandered, the "sorrowful countenance" would not be so characteristic as for the influence which it exercises on the mutual relationships of men: the secret babbler, the confidential communication throwing suspicion, now on this one and now on that one, behind their backs, excites men against one another, so that one shows to another a countenance in which deep displeasure and suspicion express themselves.

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1 Samuel 12:17,18 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call to the LORD, and he shall send thunder and rain...



Judges 9:7,20,56,57 And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of mount Gerizim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said to them...

Esther 3:1 After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him...

Esther 4:6,9 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai to the street of the city, which was before the king's gate...

Psalm 12:8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

Psalm 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honors them that fear the LORD. He that swears to his own hurt, and changes not.

Ecclesiastes 10:5-7 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceeds from the ruler...

Cross References
1 Samuel 12:17
Is it not wheat harvest today? I will call upon the LORD, that he may send thunder and rain. And you shall know and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking for yourselves a king."

Proverbs 17:7
Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince.

Proverbs 19:10
It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury, much less for a slave to rule over princes.

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