Proverbs 21:9
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English Standard Version
It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is better to sit in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling women, and in a common house.

English Revised Version
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman in a wide house.

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

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

3 To practice justice and right

   Hath with Jahve the pre-eminence above sacrifice.

We have already (vol. i. p. 42) shown how greatly this depreciation of the works of the ceremonial cultus, as compared with the duties of moral obedience, is in the spirit of the Chokma; cf. also at Proverbs 15:8. Prophecy also gives its testimony, e.g., Hosea 6:7, according to which also here (cf. Proverbs 20:8 with Isaiah 9:8) the practising of צדקה וּמשׁפּט (sequence of words as at Genesis 18:19; Psalm 33:5, elsewhere צדק ומשׁפט, and yet more commonly משׁפט וצדקה) does not denote legal rigour, but the practising of the justum et aequum, or much rather the aequum et bonum, thus in its foundation conduct proceeding from the principle of love. The inf. עשׂה (like קנה, Proverbs 16:16) occurs three times (here and at Genesis 50:20; Psalm 101:3); once עשׂו is written (Genesis 31:18), as also in the infin. absol. the form עשׂה mro and עשׂו interchange (vid., Norzi at Jeremiah 22:4); once עשׂהוּ for עשׂותו (Exodus 18:18) occurs in the status conjunctus.

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Proverbs 21:19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

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Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that makes ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

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Proverbs 19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

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Proverbs 25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

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Proverbs 27:15,16 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike...

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brawling woman in a wide house or woman of contentions in a house of society

Proverbs 15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

Cross References
Proverbs 19:13
A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.

Proverbs 21:8
The way of the guilty is crooked, but the conduct of the pure is upright.

Proverbs 21:10
The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.

Proverbs 21:19
It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.

Proverbs 25:24
It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

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