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Proverbs 12:25


Anxiety 1  in a person’s heart 2  weighs him down, 3  but an encouraging 4  word brings him joy. 5 


Ne 2:1,2; Ps 38:6; Ps 42:11; Pr 12:18; Pr 14:10; Pr 15:13,15,23; Pr 15:23; Pr 16:24; Pr 17:22; Pr 18:14; Pr 25:11; Pr 27:9; Isa 50:4; Zec 1:13; Mr 14:33,34; 2Co 2:4-7

NET © Notes

tn The word “anxiety” (דְּאָגָה, dÿagah) combines anxiety and fear – anxious fear (e.g., Jer 49:23; Ezek 4:16); and for the verb (e.g., Ps 38:18; Jer 17:8).

tn Heb “the heart of a man.”

tn Heb “bows it [= his heart] down.” Anxiety weighs heavily on the heart, causing depression. The spirit is brought low.

tn Heb “good.” The Hebrew word “good” (טוֹב, tov) refers to what is beneficial for life, promotes life, creates life or protects life. The “good word” here would include encouragement, kindness, and insight – the person needs to regain the proper perspective on life and renew his confidence.

tn Heb “makes it [= his heart] glad.” The similarly sounding terms יַשְׁחֶנָּה (yashkhennah, “weighs it down”) and יְשַׂמְּחֶנָּה (yÿsammÿkhennah, “makes it glad”) create a wordplay (paronomasia) that dramatically emphasizes the polar opposite emotional states: depression versus joy.

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