Proverbs 10:15

15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

Proverbs 10:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
ESV
15 A rich man's wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
NLT
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction.
MSG
15 The wealth of the rich is their bastion; the poverty of the indigent is their ruin.
CSB
15 A rich man's wealth is his fortified city; the poverty of the poor is their destruction.

Proverbs 10:15 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 10:15

The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city
What a fortified city is to persons in time of war, that is a rich man's wealth to him; by it he can defend himself from the injuries of others, and support himself and family in times of public calamity; for money is a defence, and answers all things, ( Ecclesiastes 7:12 ) ( 10:19 ) . Or his wealth is so in his own apprehension and conceit; he puts his trust and confidence in it, and thinks himself safe and secure by it; when he is trusting to uncertain riches, which will fail him; these may fly away from him in life, and leave him exposed to distress and danger; and, however, will not secure him at death from the wrath of God and everlasting destruction. Or he is lifted up with his riches, is in high spirits, and despises others; thinking himself safe, as in a strong castle, and fears nothing, distresses, diseases, or death; the destruction of the poor [is] their poverty:
or their poverty is their consternation, as the word F8 signifies, it frightens them; they, knowing their circumstances, are afraid of everybody and of every thing; not being able to defend themselves against their enemies, or support themselves in times of public calamity, as war, famine, or pestilence.


FOOTNOTES:

F8 (htxm) "consternatio", Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis.

Proverbs 10:15 In-Context

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.
14 The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.
16 The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.
17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

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