Proverbs 12:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 12:25, NIV: "Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up."

Proverbs 12:25, ESV: "Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad."

Proverbs 12:25, KJV: "Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad."

Proverbs 12:25, NASB: "Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad."

Proverbs 12:25, NLT: "Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up."

Proverbs 12:25, CSB: "Anxiety in a person's heart weighs it down, but a good word cheers it up."

What does Proverbs 12:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

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.