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Proverbs 25:20 ASV
[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.
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Proverbs 25:20 BBE
Like one who takes off clothing in cold weather and like acid on a wound, is he who makes melody to a sad heart.
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Proverbs 25:20 CEB
Singing a song to a troubled heart is like taking off a garment on a cold day or putting vinegar on a wound.
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Proverbs 25:20 CJB
Like removing clothes on a chilly day or like vinegar on soda is someone who sings songs to a heavy heart.
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Proverbs 25:20 RHE
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.
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Proverbs 25:20 ESV
Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.
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Proverbs 25:20 GW
[Like] taking off a coat on a cold day or pouring vinegar on baking soda, so is singing songs to one who has an evil heart.
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Proverbs 25:20 GNT
Singing to a person who is depressed is like taking off a person's clothes on a cold day or like rubbing salt in a wound.
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Proverbs 25:20 HNV
As one who takes away a garment in cold weather, Or vinegar on soda, So is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
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Proverbs 25:20 CSB
Singing songs to a troubled heart is like taking off clothing on a cold day, or like [pouring] vinegar on soda.
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Proverbs 25:20 KJV
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.
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Proverbs 25:20 LEB
[Like] one who removes a garment on a cold day, [or like] vinegar on natron, [is] he who sings songs to a heavy heart.
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Proverbs 25:20 NAS
Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda, Is he who sings songs to a troubled heart.
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Proverbs 25:20 NCV
Singing songs to someone who is sad is like taking away his coat on a cold day or pouring vinegar on soda.
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Proverbs 25:20 NIRV
You may sing songs to a troubled heart. But that's like taking a coat away on a cold day. It's like pouring vinegar on baking soda.
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Proverbs 25:20 NIV
Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
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Proverbs 25:20 NKJV
Like one who takes away a garment in cold weather, And like vinegar on soda, Is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
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Proverbs 25:20 NLT
Singing cheerful songs to a person whose heart is heavy is as bad as stealing someone's jacket in cold weather or rubbing salt in a wound.
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Proverbs 25:20 NRS
Like vinegar on a wound is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. Like a moth in clothing or a worm in wood, sorrow gnaws at the human heart.
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Proverbs 25:20 RSV
He who sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on a wound.
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Proverbs 25:20 DBY
[As] he that taketh off a garment in cold weather, [and as] vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to a sad heart.
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Proverbs 25:20 MSG
Singing light songs to the heavyhearted is like pouring salt in their wounds.
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Proverbs 25:20 WBT
[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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Proverbs 25:20 TMB
As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon soda, so is he that singeth songs to a heavy heart.
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Proverbs 25:20 TNIV
Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
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Proverbs 25:20 WEB
As one who takes away a garment in cold weather, Or vinegar on soda, So is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
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Proverbs 25:20 WYC
and loseth his mantle in the day of cold. Vinegar in a vessel of salt is he, that singeth songs to the worst heart. As a moth harmeth a cloth, and a worm harmeth a tree, so the sorrow of a man harmeth the heart. (Like him who taketh away a mantle on a cold day, and like vinegar in a vessel of salt, is he who singeth songs to an aggrieved heart. Like a moth harmeth a cloak, and a worm harmeth a tree, so a person's sorrow harmeth his heart.)
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Proverbs 25:20 YLT
Whoso is taking away a garment in a cold day, [Is as] vinegar on nitre, And a singer of songs on a sad heart.
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Proverbs 25 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 25

Verses 1-3 God needs not search into any thing; nothing can be hid from him. But it is the honour of rulers to search out matters, ( proverbs 25:4-5 ) to suppress vice, and reform his people, is the best way to ( proverbs 25:6-7 ) self-denial. He who has seen the glory of the Lord in Christ Jesus, will feel his own unworthiness. ( 8-10 ) . To be hasty in beginning strife, will bring into difficulties. War must at length end, and might better be prevented. It is so in private ( proverbs 25:11-12 ) word of counsel, or reproof, rightly spoken, is especially beautiful, as fine fruit becomes still more beautiful in silver baskets. Verse 13 . See what ought to be the aim of him that is trusted with any business; to be faithful. A faithful minister, Christ's messenger, should be thus acceptable to us. Verse 14 . He who pretends to have received or given that which he never had, is like the morning cloud, that disappoints those who look for rain. Verse 15 . Be patient to bear a present hurt. Be mild to speak without passion; for persuasive language is the most effectual to prevail over the hardened mind. Verse 16 . God has given us leave to use grateful things, but we are cautioned against excess. Verse 17 . We cannot be upon good terms with our neighbours, without discretion as well as sincerity. How much better a Friend is God than any other friend! The oftener we come to him, the more welcome. Verse 18 . A false testimony is dangerous in every thing. Verse 19 . Confidence in an unfaithful man is painful and vexatious; when we put any stress on him, he not only fails, but makes us feel for it. Verse 20 . We take a wrong course if we think to relieve those in sorrow by endeavoring to make them merry. (proverbs 25:21-22 ) The precept to love even our enemies is an Old Testament commandment. Our Saviour has shown his own great example in loving us when we were enemies. Verse 23 . Slanders would not be so readily spoken, if they were not readily heard. Sin, if it receives any check, becomes cowardly. Verse 24 . It is better to be alone, than to be joined to one who is a hinderance to the comfort of life. Verse 25 . Heaven is a country afar off; how refreshing is good news from thence, in the everlasting gospel, which signifies glad tidings, and in the witness of the Spirit with our spirits that we are God's children! Verse 26 . When the righteous are led into sin, it is as hurtful as if the public fountains were poisoned. Verse 27 . We must be, through grace, dead to the pleasures of sense, and also to the praises of men. Verse 28 . The man who has no command over his anger, is easily robbed of peace. Let us give up ourselves to the Lord, and pray him to put his Spirit within us, and cause us to walk in his statutes.

Proverbs 25 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 25

Proverbs 25:1-28 .

1. The character of these proverbs sustains the title
also--refers to the former part of the book.
copied out--literally, "transferred," that is, from some other book to this; not given from memory.

2. God's unsearchableness impresses us with awe (compare Isaiah 45:15 , Romans 11:33 ). But kings, being finite, should confer with wise counsellors;

3. Ye wisely keeping state secrets, which to common men are as inaccessible heights and depths.

4, 5. As separating impurities from ore leaves pure silver, so taking from a king wicked counsellors leaves a wise and beneficent government.

5. before--or, "in presence of," as courtiers stood about a king.

6, 7. Do not intrude into the presence of the king, for the elevation of the humble is honorable, but the humbling of the proud disgraceful ( Luke 14:8-10 ).

8. (Compare Proverbs 3:30 ).
lest . . . shame--lest you do what you ought not, when shamed by defeat, or "lest thou art shut out from doing any thing."

9, 10. (Compare Matthew 5:25 , Margin).
secret--that is, of your opponent, for his disadvantage, and so you be disgraced, not having discussed your difficulties with him.

11. a word fitly--literally, "quickly," as wheels roll, just in time. The comparison as apples . . . silver gives a like sense.
apples, &c.--either real apples of golden color, in a silver network basket, or imitations on silver embroidery.

12. Those who desire to know and do rightly, most highly esteem good counsel ( Proverbs 9:9 , 15:31 ). The listening ear is better than one hung with gold.

13. Snow from mountains was used to cool drinks; so refreshing is a faithful messenger ( Proverbs 13:17 ).

14. clouds--literally, "vapors" ( Jeremiah 10:13 ), clouds only in appearance.
a false gift--promised, but not given.

15. Gentleness and kindness overcome the most powerful and obstinate.
long forbearing--or, "slowness to anger" ( Proverbs 14:29 , 15:18 ).

16, 17. A comparison, as a surfeit of honey produces physical disgust, so your company, however agreeable in moderation, may, if excessive, lead your friend to hate you.

18. A false witness is as destructive to reputation, as such weapons to the body ( Proverbs 24:28 ).
beareth . . . witness--literally, "answereth questions," as before a judge, against his neighbor.

19. Treachery annoys as well as deceives.

20. Not only is the incongruity of songs (that is, joyful) and sadness meant, but an accession of sadness, by want of sympathy, is implied.

21, 22. (Compare Matthew 5:44 , Romans 12:20 ). As metals are melted by heaping coals upon them, so is the heart softened by kindness.

23. Better, "As the north wind bringeth forth ( Psalms 90:2 ) or produces rain, so does a concealed or slandering tongue produce anger."

24. (Compare Proverbs 21:9 Proverbs 21:19 ).

25. (Compare Proverbs 25:13 ).
good news--that is, of some loved interest or absent friend, the more grateful as coming from afar.

26. From troubled fountains and corrupt springs no healthy water is to be had, so when the righteous are oppressed by the wicked, their power for good is lessened or destroyed.

27. Satiety surfeits ( Proverbs 25:16 ); so men who are self-glorious find shame.
is not glory--"not" is supplied from the first clause, or "is grievous," in which sense a similar word is used ( Proverbs 27:2 ).

28. Such are exposed to the incursions of evil thoughts and successful temptations.