Proverbs 26:21
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New International Version
As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.

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

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
Coal to burning coals, and wood to fire, And a man of contentions to kindle strife.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out - The tale-receiver and the tale-bearer are the agents of discord. If none received the slander in the first instance, it could not be propagated. Hence our proverb, "The receiver is as bad as the thief." And our laws treat them equally; for the receiver of stolen goods, knowing them to be stolen, is hanged, as well as he who stole them.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strifes: but love covers all sins.

Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.

Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.

Ezekiel 22:9 In you are men that carry tales to shed blood: and in you they eat on the mountains: in the middle of you they commit lewdness.

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One Lion Two Lions no Lion at All
A sermon (No. 1670) delivered on Thursday Evening, June 8th, 1882, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets."--Proverbs 22:13. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets."--Proverbs 26:13. This slothful man seems to cherish that one dread of his about the lions, as if it were his favorite aversion and he felt it to be too much trouble to invent another excuse.
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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