Proverbs 25:23
New International Version
Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue--which provokes a horrified look.

New Living Translation
As surely as a north wind brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger!

English Standard Version
The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

Berean Study Bible
As the north wind brings forth rain, so a backbiting tongue brings angry looks.

King James Bible
The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

New King James Version
The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

New American Standard Bible
The north wind brings rain, And a gossiping tongue brings an angry face.

NASB 1995
The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.

NASB 1977
The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.

Amplified Bible
The north wind brings forth rain; And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.

Christian Standard Bible
The north wind produces rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The north wind produces rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

American Standard Version
The north wind bringeth forth rain: So doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As the North wind gives birth to rain, so also is an evil face to a lurking tongue.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The north wind raises clouds; so an impudent face provokes the tongue.

Contemporary English Version
As surely as rain blows in from the north, anger is caused by cruel words.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The north wind driveth away rain, as doth a sad countenance a backbiting tongue.

English Revised Version
The north wind bringeth forth rain: so doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

Good News Translation
Gossip brings anger just as surely as the north wind brings rain.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[As] the north wind brings rain, so a whispering tongue brings angry looks.

International Standard Version
The north wind brings rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry look.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The north wind bringeth forth rain, And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

Literal Standard Version
A north wind brings forth rain, "" And a secret tongue—indignant faces.

NET Bible
The north wind brings forth rain, and a gossiping tongue brings forth an angry look.

New Heart English Bible
The north wind brings forth rain: so a backbiting tongue brings an angry face.

World English Bible
The north wind brings forth rain: so a backbiting tongue brings an angry face.

Young's Literal Translation
A north wind bringeth forth rain, And a secret tongue -- indignant faces.

Additional Translations ...
Context
More Proverbs of Solomon
22For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. 23As the north wind brings forth rain, so a backbiting tongue brings angry looks. 24Better to live on a corner of the roof than to share a house with a quarrelsome wife.…

Cross References
Psalm 35:16
Like godless jesters at a feast, they gnashed their teeth at me.

Psalm 101:5
Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, I will put to silence; the one with haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not endure.


Treasury of Scripture

The north wind drives away rain: so does an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

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Job 37:22
Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.

Psalm 15:3
He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

Psalm 101:5
Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.

Romans 1:30
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,









(23) The north wind driveth away rain.--The marginal rendering is probably more correct: "The north wind bringeth forth rain;" but as this seems to be opposed to Job 37:22, it has been thought that the north-west, which is a rainy wind, must be intended here.

So doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.--Rather, So doth a backbiting tongue (bring forth, or cause) troubled faces.

Verse 23. - The north wind driveth away rain. So St. Jerome (Ventus Aquilo dissipat pluvias), Symmachus, Aben Ezra, and others. The north wind is called by the natives of Palestine "the heavenly," from the bright effect which it produces in the sky. "By means of the north wind cometh he (the sun) forth as gold" (Job 37:22). But the verb here used (חול) means "to bring forth, produce" (Psalm 90:2); hence the Revised Version rightly renders, "The north wind bringeth forth rain." This is quite true if "north wind" be taken as equivalent to "wind from the dark quarter" (Umbreit), like ζόφος in Greek; and, in fact, the northwest wind in Palestine does bring rain. Septuagint, "The north wind arouseth (ἐξεγείρει) clouds." So doth an angry countenance a backbiting, tongue. Carrying on the interpretation intended by the Authorized Version, this clause means that an angry leer will check a slanderer and incline him to hold his peace from prudential motives. But with the rendering given above, "bringeth forth," another explanation is involved, viz. "So does a secret, slandering tongue cause a troubled countenance." When a man discovers that a secret slanderer is working against him, he shows it by his gloomy and angry look, as the sky is dark with clouds when a storm is threatened. "Countenance" is plural in the Hebrew, denoting, as Hitzig points out, that the calumniator does not affect one person only, but occasions trouble far and wide, destroys friendly relations between many, excites suspicion and enmity in various quarters Septuagint, "An impudent countenance provokes the tongue."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
As the north
צָ֭פוֹן (ṣā·p̄ō·wn)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6828: Hidden, dark, the north as a, quarter

wind
ר֣וּחַ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

brings forth
תְּח֣וֹלֵֽל (tə·ḥō·w·lêl)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 2342: To twist, whirl, to dance, to writhe in pain, fear, to wait, to pervert

rain,
גָּ֑שֶׁם (gā·šem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1653: Rain, shower

so a backbiting
סָֽתֶר׃ (sā·ṯer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5643: A covering, hiding place, secrecy

tongue
לְשׁ֣וֹן (lə·šō·wn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 3956: The tongue

[brings] angry
נִ֝זְעָמִ֗ים (niz·‘ā·mîm)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 2194: To foam at the mouth, to be enraged

looks.
וּפָנִ֥ים (ū·p̄ā·nîm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 6440: The face


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