“One who sings songs to a heavy heart is
Like vinegar on a wound,
Like a moth in clothing,
Like a worm in wood,
Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day.
If your enemies are hungry,
Give them bread to eat.
If they are thirsty,
Give him water to drink.
You will thus heap coals of fire
On their heads.
Yahweh will reward you.
The north wind produces rain.
A backbiting tongue produces angry looks.”
If someone has a heavy heart, do not try to cheer them up with happy songs. That is like pouring vinegar on a wound or taking someone’s clothes on a cold day. You would be like a moth in clothing or a worm in wood. If your enemies are hungry or thirsty, give them bread and water. This will increase their punishment as you are heaping coal on their heads. Yahweh, on the other hand, will reward you for this. A backbiting tongue produces angry looks just like a north wind produces rain.