Proverbs 21:9-19

9 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 The wicked crave evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.
11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.
12 The Righteous One[a] takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.
14 A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company of the dead.
17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.
18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.

Proverbs 21:9-19 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter relates a second vision Solomon had at Gibeon, in which he received an answer to his prayer in the preceding chapter, 1Ki 9:1-9 that passed between him and Hiram king of Tyre, 1Ki 9:10-14, the places that Solomon built or repaired, 1Ki 9:15-19, the Canaanitish people that became bondmen to him, and the officers he had among the children of Israel, 1Ki 9:20-23 the removal of Pharaoh's daughter to the house built for her, 1Ki 9:24. Solomon's attention to religious services, 1Ki 9:25 and the navy of ships he employed, which brought him in great riches, 1Ki 9:26-28.

Cross References 11

  • 1. ver 19; Proverbs 19:13; Proverbs 25:24
  • 2. S Proverbs 19:25
  • 3. S Proverbs 14:11
  • 4. S Exodus 11:6
  • 5. S Job 29:12; Matthew 18:30-34; James 2:13
  • 6. S Genesis 32:20; Proverbs 18:16; Proverbs 19:6
  • 7. S Proverbs 10:29
  • 8. Psalms 49:14; Ezekiel 18:24
  • 9. Pr 23:20-21,29-35
  • 10. Proverbs 11:8; Isaiah 43:3
  • 11. S ver 9

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "The righteous person"
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