New International Version
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
King James Bible
Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
Darby Bible Translation
Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop; but a good word maketh it glad.
World English Bible
Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, but a kind word makes it glad.
Young's Literal Translation
Sorrow in the heart of a man boweth down, And a good word maketh him glad.
Proverbs 12:25 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop - Sorrow of heart, hopeless love, or a sense of God's displeasure - these prostrate the man, and he becomes a child before them.
But a good word maketh it glad - A single good or favorable word will remove despondency; and that word, "Son, be of good cheer, thy sins are forgiven thee," will instantly remove despair.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Many-Sided Contrast of Wisdom and Folly
'Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2. A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3. A man shall not be established by wickedness; but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6. The words of the wicked are to lie …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Of Having Confidence in God when Evil Words are Cast at Us
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
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