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 21:19

  • Carlton for verse 19
    I believe that women become contentious when they are not inline with their purpose. Women were formed and given the job of help mate, so when they idle or mislead then they get frustrated and that is when the enemy steps in, and she become contentious.
  • William Herring for verse 19
    This is one of the most cut and dry scriptures of the bible. What I get from it is you should stay clear of being in relationships with women that are bad tempered and argumentative, I have been there and done that.
  • Evang (Mrs) Gladys Obi Esimoneze for verse 19
    I am of the opinion that if a husband loves his wife sincerely and demonstrates it by his actions, his wil love him back and there wil not be room for nagging except if she has spiritual problem. Nagging most times come as a result of too much suspicion due of transperency in the relationship, but when there is geniune love and transperency, suspicion disppears and every one is happy so angers disapears, the home becomes very conducive to dwell in instead of the wilderness.
  • a man will never understand proverbs 21:19 until he lives it (trust me i know all to well)
  • I HAVE A NAGGING WIFE AND I ALWAYS HAVE SLEEPLESS NIGHT PLEASE I WANT PEACE OFMIND PLEASE I WANT TO STAY ALONE WITHOUT HER PLEASW ADVICE ME
  • I'm cracking up laughing at how TRUE this statement is, yet simultaneously crying because of how true it is in *my* life now.

    I'm wondering if I can handle being married to this woman for the rest of my life, and the bible is telling me that ANY life, even one where I shun ALL shelter, food, society, and modern conveniences while having to scratch and hunt for basic sustenance would be better for me, and I'd be happier.

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