Proverbs 26:21

21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.

Read Proverbs 26:21 Using Other Translations

As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.

What does Proverbs 26:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 26:21

As coals [are] to burning coals, and wood to fire
As brands, wood half burnt, or dead coals put to live and burning ones, soon take fire and become like them, and fit and proper fuel for them, and add to their heat: so [is] a contentious man to kindle strife;
or "a man of contentions" {k}; who is given to it, is full of it; it is agreeable to his natural temper and disposition; he is in his element when at it; such a man is as fuel to the fire, as a dead coal to a living one, which increases the heat of it; so does he, he kindles and spreads the flame of contention and strife.


FOOTNOTES:

F11 (Mynwdm vya) "vir contentionum", Montanus, Baynus, Piscator, Gejerus.
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