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

  • Ted
    I have verse 31 engraved on a weapon because it proves that this book is alive. I am serving in Afghanistan and on daily basis I prepare equipment for battle and send it to the fight. The safe return is the reward.
  • 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.
  • Bihbish for verse 5
    this verse has thought me to me clam in every thing I do and be strong in prayers GOD will see me through
  • Donna Lewis for verse 19
    I believe that a wife is not suppose to argue about the same thing over and over again thats nagging, its doesn 't acomplish anything but bigger problems or words you 'll regret saying im guilty of that im asking God for help right this minute to remain quite when I 'm tempted to nagg. So im asking for prayer please. Thank You.
  • Stephen Adebowale Dahunsi for verse 19
    It simply means that man should settle with a woman that will improve their spiritual wellbeing because there will not be any excuse on the last day eg case of Adam and Eve.
  • Ann johnson
    Be encouraged all ye Saints of the Lord for if God be for us who can be against us? In all things we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus! I have a praise report concerning verse 31. Many months ago I started including the last part of this verse in my prayers, "Safety is of the Lord. " On April 21 I was returning home from shopping, I lacked a short distance reaching my street. A car was speeding down the hill when the driver lost control. I stopped my car. The other car 's brakes were squealing and smoking. The car was on my side of the road about 10 to 12 feet from me, headed straight toward me. It sounded like a screaming demon. I looked at the car and the thought came into my mind, "I am going to be hit head on. " I closed my eyes waiting and expecting impact. All I heard was the sound of a rushing wind. I opened my eyes and the car was gone!!! Praise God! From where the car was, there was no way humanly possible for it to miss me. There was not a scratch on me or my vehicle. I am here to witness and say, "Truly, safety is of the Lord. " Thank you, Jesus! Keep praying that hedge around your lost loved ones....God honors His Word.

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