Proverbs 21:9

“It is better to dwell in a corner of the house top; then with a brawling woman in a wide house.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




Viewing the original 1611 KJV with archaic English spelling.
Click to switch to the Standard KJV.

Other Translations

[It is] better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
- King James Version

It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a contentious woman in a wide house.
- American Standard Version (1901)

It is better to be living in an angle of the house-top, than with a bitter-tongued woman in a wide house.
- Basic English Bible

It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman, and a house in common.
- Darby Bible

It is better to dwell in a corner of the house-top, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
- Webster's Bible

It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than to share a house with a contentious woman.
- World English Bible

Better to sit on a corner of the roof, Than [with] a woman of contentions and a house of company.
- Youngs Literal Bible

It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than in a house in common with a contentious woman.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Proverbs 21

  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 21:30 there is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against THE LORD HEBREWS 10:31 it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living GOD HEBREWS 10:36 for you have need of patience that after you have done the will of GOD you might receive the promise PSALM 119:1 blessed are the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of THE LORD
  • Will of my father
    A brawling woman is not a Godly woman. The man and the woman must yield to the leading of the Holy Ghost just as the bride of Christ (the chuch) to Him that your prayers be not hindered. Check out 1 Peter 3
  • Donna
    I'm shocked and sadden. Are these Christians responding here. You talk only about the nagging wife.-But there is a root to this fruit. "Why?" She is responding to something wrong. How she responds gets on the man's nerves, but there is something the man is lacking here. It is responsiblity. When she responds like this, it may make you want to be anywhere but there, but She has unmet needs. Love h
  • Benny
    Clay it's just saying who can mess with the creator? You can't touch his absolute superiority on all counts.
  • Cynthia
    In life there are so many enemies of destiny and talking about our plans most times gives them the edge to manipulate. It is better to talk your plans over to God than man. He will give you better direction. So, thank God for this word that came to me today as a reminder that I should talk less about my plans and depend on God to help achieve my plans. Also, I don t need to have an opinion in every matter that is brought around me. Sometimes, people capitalize on the word you say and use it against you. I have been in so many situations to know that most times having no opinion is better than be a smart aleck . So yes, He who keeps his mouth and tongue, keeps his soul from trouble.
  • BSP
    It is important that we keep our words in check and we can avoid a lot of problems if we think before we speak.

What Do You Think of Proverbs 21?

Share your own thoughts or commentary here...

Notify me if someone responds on this discussion/thread

Bible Options

Sponsored Links