New American Standard Bible
He who would restrain her restrains the wind, And grasps oil with his right hand.
King James Bible
Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
Darby Bible Translation
whosoever will restrain her restraineth the wind, and his right hand encountereth oil.
World English Bible
restraining her is like restraining the wind, or like grasping oil in his right hand.
Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is hiding her hath hidden the wind, And the ointment of his right hand calleth out.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The point is the impossibility of concealment or restraint. A person cannot hide the wind, or clasp it in his hands. If he takes an unguent in his right hand, the odor betrays him, or it slips out. So, in like manner, the "contentious woman" is one whose faults it is impossible either to hide or check. The difficulty of the proverb led to a different reading, adopted by the versions, "The north wind is rough, and yet it is called propitious"; it clears off the clouds and brings fine weather.
LibraryThe Best Friend
A Sermon (No. 2627) intended for reading on Lord's Day, June 18th, 1899, delivered by C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. on Thursday evening, February 23rd, 1882. "Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not."--Proverbs 27:10. True friends are very scarce. We have a great many acquaintances and sometimes we call them friends, and so misuse the noble word "friendship." Peradventure in some after-day of adversity when these so-called friends have looked out for their …
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A constant dripping on a day of steady rain And a contentious woman are alike;
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