Proverbs 17:19

19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.

Proverbs 17:19 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
English Standard Version (ESV)
19 Whoever loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction.
New Living Translation (NLT)
19 Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster.
The Message Bible (MSG)
19 The person who courts sin, marries trouble; build a wall, invite a burglar.
American Standard Version (ASV)
19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: He that raiseth high his gate seeketh destruction.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
19 Whoever loves sin loves a quarrel. Whoever builds his city gate high invites destruction.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
19 One who loves to offend loves strife; one who builds a high threshold invites injury.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
19 The one who loves to argue loves to sin. The one who builds a high gate is just asking to be destroyed.

Proverbs 17:19 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 17:19

He loveth transgression that loveth strife
For strife is transgression, when it flows from a malignant spirit, is with bad views, about things to no profit, and for contention's sake; otherwise to contend earnestly for the truth; to strive together for the faith of the Gospel, for matters of moment and importance, and not mere words; to strive lawfully in a cause that is just, and for truth and justice, is commendable and praiseworthy; [and] he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction;
that opens the door of his lips, and speaks proudly, as Jarchi and Aben Ezra interpret it; who compare it with ( Micah 7:5 ) ; who set their mouths against heaven, and God in it; and whose tongue walks through the earth, and spares none there, ( Psalms 73:8 Psalms 73:9 ) ; as antichrist, who opens his mouth in blasphemy against God and his tabernacle, and exalts himself above all that is called God; and such, sooner or later, bring destruction on themselves, and find it as surely as if they sought for it. Or this may be understood of proud ambitious persons, that build houses more magnificent than their substance will allow of, the gate being put for the whole; by which means they bring themselves to ruin. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions, have it in ( Proverbs 17:16 ) , "he that buildeth his house high"; or who behaves proudly.

Proverbs 17:19 In-Context

17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.
19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.
20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
21 To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
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