Proverbs 26:21
Good News Translation
Charcoal keeps the embers glowing, wood keeps the fire burning, and troublemakers keep arguments alive.

Contemporary English Version
Troublemakers start trouble, just as sparks and fuel start a fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire, so an angry man stirreth up strife.

New American Bible
Charcoal for coals, wood for fire— such are the quarrelsome, enkindling strife.

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As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire, so an angry man stirreth up strife.

Proverbs 10:12 In the lips of the wise is wisdom found: and a rod on the back of him that wanteth sense.

Proverbs 15:18 A passionate man stirreth up strifes: he that is patient appeaseth those that are stirred up.

Proverbs 29:22 A passionate man provoketh quarrels: and he that is easily stirred up to wrath, shall be more prone to sin.

Ezekiel 22:9 Slanderers have been in thee to shed blood, and they have eaten upon the mountains in thee, they have committed wickedness in the midst of thee.

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Context
Similitudes and Instructions
20When the wood faileth, the fire shall go out: and when the talebearer is taken away, contentions shall cease. 21As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire, so an angry man stirreth up strife.22The words of a talebearer are as it were simple, but they reach to the innermost parts of the belly.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:18
A passionate man stirreth up strifes: he that is patient appeaseth those that are stirred up.

Proverbs 29:22
A passionate man provoketh quarrels: and he that is easily stirred up to wrath, shall be more prone to sin.

Additional Translations
Like charcoal for embers and wood for fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to inflame strife.

A hearth for coals, and wood for fire; and railing man for the tumult of strife.

[As] coals for hot coals, and wood for fire, so is a contentious man to inflame strife.

As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to inflame strife.

As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindling strife.

Coal to burning coals, and wood to fire, And a man of contentions to kindle strife.
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