New International Version
A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
King James Bible
A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
Darby Bible Translation
A brother offended is [harder to be won] than a strong city; and contentions are as the bars of a palace.
World English Bible
A brother offended is more difficult than a fortified city; and disputes are like the bars of a castle.
Young's Literal Translation
A brother transgressed against is as a strong city, And contentions as the bar of a palace.
Proverbs 18:19 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city - Almost all the versions agree in the following reading: "A brother assisted by a brother, is like a fortified city; and their decisions are like the bars of a city." Coverdale is both plain and terse: "The unitie of brethren is stronger then a castell, and they that holde together are like the barre of a palace." The fable of the dying father, his sons, and the bundle of faggots, illustrates this proverb. Unity among brethren makes them invincible; small things grow great by concord. If we take the words according to the common version, we see them express what, alas! we know to be too generally true: that when brothers fall out, it is with extreme difficulty that they can be reconciled. And fraternal enmities are generally strong and inveterate.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 11. The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit'--PROVERBS xviii. 10,11. The mere reading of these two verses shows that, contrary to the usual rule in the Book of Proverbs, they have a bearing on each other. They are intended to suggest a very strong contrast, and that contrast is even more emphatic in the original than in our translation; because, as the margin of your Bibles …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Cause and Cure of a Wounded Spirit
"And if Christ be in You, the Body is Dead Because of Sin: but the Spirit is Life Because of Righteousness. "
1 Samuel 17:28
When Eliab, David's oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, "Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle."
Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.
From the fruit of their mouth a person's stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
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