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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Proverbs 21:19

Note, 1. Unbridled passions embitter and spoil the comfort of all relations. A peevish angry wife makes her husband's life uneasy, to whom she should be a comfort and a meet help. Those cannot dwell in peace and happiness that cannot dwell in peace and love. Even those that are one flesh, if they be not withal one spirit, have no joy of their union. 2. It is better to have no company than bad company. The wife of thy covenant is thy companion, and yet, if she be peevish and provoking, it is... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Proverbs 21:19

It is better to dwell in the wilderness ,.... Where persons live without shelter, and are not only exposed to storms and tempests, but to beasts of prey; where is want of the necessaries of life, and no society; where no "speech" is, as the word F5 מדבר "a" דבר "loqui". for wilderness may signify; yet it is better to dwell in such a place, where no human voice is heard, than with a contentious and an angry woman ; that is always brawling and scolding, ever in a quarrelsome... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 21:18-20

Alternatives presented to choice I. THE JUST AND UPRIGHT , THE FAITHLESS AND WICKED LIFE . ( Proverbs 21:18 .) It occurs in many cases that the Divine wrath in judgment turns aside from the just man to roll upon the head of the sinner. See this in a natural light in Isaiah 43:3 , and in the great Christian light of redemption ( 2 Corinthians 5:21 ; 1 Peter 3:18 ). Christ became as sin, or in the place of the sinner, for us. We must not, however, confuse the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Proverbs 21:19

A variant of Proverbs 21:9 . Here, instead of the "corner of the roof," we have a wilderness, a desert land, as the refuge to which the persecuted man must flee. Than with a contentious and an angry ( fretful ) woman . So the Vulgate. But it seems better, with many modern commentators, to take וָכָעַם , not as another epithet, but as equivalent to "and vexation," i.e. a quarrelsome wife, and the vexation that accompanies such an infliction. The LXX . adds a word to the... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Proverbs 21:1-31

God at work in people’s lives (21:1-31)As God directs the course along which a stream flows, so he guides the decisions of national rulers according to his plan (21:1). God knows people’s motives and he will not accept their sacrifices if their thoughts and actions are wrong (2-4). Prosperity that comes through diligence is a fitting reward, but prosperity that comes through greed, lying and violence is a deadly trap (5-8). Some people make life unpleasant for those who live in the same house,... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Proverbs 21:19

Than, &c. Supply the Ellipsis thus: Than [in a house, or palace]. read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Proverbs 21:19

"It is better to dwell in a desert land, Than with a contentious and fretful woman."This is parallel to Proverbs 21:9; and again we must say that the same thing is true of a contentious and fretful man. Illustration: This writer served for seventeen years as a member of the City of Houston Housing Board of Appeals. One night a German citizen appeared before the board requesting a license for the installation of a mobile home in the rear of his residence. Mount Termini, our chairman, asked how... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Proverbs 21:1-31

1. The ’watercourses’ (RV) are the artificial irrigation channels of Egypt and Babylon (Isaiah 58:11). 4. There is no connexion between the two halves of the v. RM ’The tillage of the wicked is sin,’ i.e. the result of his labour is sin. 5. One who is in a hurry to be rich hastens to want. 6. By a very slight alteration of the Hebrew text we get the greatly improved rendering of RM, ’Is a vapour driven to and fro; they are snares of death.’9. A small room is often built on the flat roof of an... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Proverbs 21:1-31

CHAPTER 22WINE"He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: He that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich."- Proverbs 21:17THE Septuagint translation has an interesting addition to the proverb in Proverbs 12:2. After "He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread, but he that followeth after vain persons is void of understanding," it adds, "He who is sweet in pastimes of wine-drinking shall have dishonor in his strongholds." Drinking is the natural opposite of hard and honest work. When... read more

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