Proverbs 12:25

ESV Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
NIV Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
NASB Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.
CSB Anxiety in a person's heart weighs it down, but a good word cheers it up.
NLT Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
KJV Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

What does Proverbs 12:25 mean?

Solomon points out in this verse that worry is not a small burden. The cares of this world can weigh heavily on the heart and cause a person to despair or feel depressed. However, a kind word, a word of encouragement, can lift his drooping spirit and cheer him up. This echoes the sentiment of Proverbs 12:18, which spoke about the healing or hurting power of words. Other Proverbs also note the importance of carefully choosing and applying our words (Proverbs 10:31–32; 11:12; 15:1).

Jesus warned against anxiety. He said, "Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear'" (Matthew 6:31). He offered words of encouragement by saying, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33). The apostle Paul, too, warned against anxiety and told his readers to pray about everything with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6). He promised that anxiety would cease and God's peace would guard the heart and mind (Philippians 4:7). Furthermore, the Holy Spirit has come alongside believers to encourage us in our walk with the Lord. Jesus called Him the Helper who would be with us forever (John 14:16). When we are tempted to worry, the Helper brings Scriptures to mind that assure us of God's presence and provision.
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