Proverbs 21:19

It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

It is better to dwell in the wildernesse, then with a contentious and an angry woman.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

It is better to live in a desert land Than with a contentious and vexing woman.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

It is better to dwell in a desert land, Than with a contentious and fretful woman.
- American Standard Version (1901)

It is better to be living in a waste land, than with a bitter-tongued and angry woman.
- Basic English Bible

It is better to dwell in a desert land. than with a contentious and irritable woman.
- Darby Bible

It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
- Webster's Bible

It is better to dwell in a desert land, than with a contentious and fretful woman.
- World English Bible

Better to dwell in a wilderness land, Than [with] a woman of contentions and anger.
- Youngs Literal Bible

It is better to dwell in a desert land, than with a contentious and fretful woman.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Proverbs 21

  • Caleb
    no matter how we prepare GOD is in charge so it is by grace that we are able to deliver when we have prepared
  • BSP
    The estimation of ourselves is not important, but what really matters is what God thinks of us as verse 2 says.
  • Irene123
    To Lillian on Pro. 21 - Thank-you Lillian; your message came just in the nick of time. I was having a problem today with a couple young family members. And the daily verse was about watching our words. The Lord knows long before we need whatever it is.
  • Lilian
    We need Jesus to cleanses our mind, heart and soul everyday and meditate his words. We will receive his guidance and his favor, think twice before we say and talk, for the wives we need to avoid nagging and be abusive to our husband instead to support and pray quitely God will help us to settle the problem. Fighting and getting angry is the work of the devil. Just Praise God
  • David
    V3 this vs tells us that judgement is better than sacrifices. Many like to quote "do not judge" and forget the rest "for with what you judge you shall be judged". The bible refers to the righteous judgement and the only way to have it is to have the Christ in our lives. Judge according to Godliness as you know it and study to show yourself approved. stay strong.
  • Patricia for verse 23
    To me this means if we know what to say and when to say it we shall keep our souls from trouble. Basically there is a time and place for things to be said or not said.

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