Proverbs 19:13

13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.

Read Proverbs 19:13 Using Other Translations

A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
A foolish child is a calamity to a father; a quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping.

What does Proverbs 19:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 19:13

A foolish son [is] the calamity of his father
Or, "the calamities of his father" F17; he brings them to him. A very great affliction he is, and which has many distresses and sorrows in it; as loss of reputation and credit in his family, which is sunk by his behaviour, instead of being supported and increased; loss of substance, through extravagance and riotous living, and the ruin of his soul and body by his wicked practices; see ( Proverbs 10:1 ) ; and the contentions of a wife [are] a continual dropping;
or like the dropping of rain, in a rainy day, into a house out of repair, and which is very uncomfortable to, the inhabitants of it; see ( Proverbs 27:15 ) . Such are the contentions of a peevish, ill natured, and brawling wife, who is always scolding; and which is a continual vexation to a man, and renders him very uneasy in life: such a continual dropping was Xantippe to Socrates, who teased him night and day with her brawls and contentions F18. A great unhappiness each of these must be!


F17 (twwh) "calamitates", Vatablus; "aerumnae", Piscator, Michaelis; "causa aerumnarum", Junius & Tremellius.
F18 A. Gell. Noct. Attic. l. 1. c. 17.
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