Proverbs 10:15
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New International Version
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

New Living Translation
The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction.

English Standard Version
A rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin.

New American Standard Bible
The rich man's wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty.

King James Bible
The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A rich man's wealth is his fortified city; the poverty of the poor is their destruction.

International Standard Version
The rich hide within the fortress that is their wealth, but the poor are dismayed due to their poverty.

NET Bible
The wealth of a rich person is like a fortified city, but the poor are brought to ruin by their poverty.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The property of the rich is mighty fortress cities, and the ruin of the poor is their poverty.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The rich person's wealth is [his] strong city. Poverty ruins the poor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The rich man's wealth is his strong city; the weakness of the poor is their poverty.

King James 2000 Bible
The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the ruin of the poor is their poverty.

American King James Version
The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

American Standard Version
The rich man's wealth is his strong city: The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The substance of a rich man is the city of his strength: the fear of the poor is their poverty.

Darby Bible Translation
The rich man's wealth is his strong city; the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

English Revised Version
The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Webster's Bible Translation
The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

World English Bible
The rich man's wealth is his strong city. The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Young's Literal Translation
The wealth of the rich is his strong city, The ruin of the poor is their poverty.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:7. Both the just and the wicked must die; but between their souls there is a vast difference. 8. The wise in heart puts his knowledge in practice. 9. Dissemblers, after all their shuffling, will be exposed. 10. Trick and artifice will be no excuse for iniquity. 11. The good man's mouth is always open to teach, comfort, and correct others. 12. Where there is hatred, every thing stirs up strife. By bearing with each other, peace and harmony are preserved. 13. Those that foolishly go on in wicked ways, prepare rods for themselves. 14. Whatever knowledge may be useful, we must lay it up, that it may not be to seek when we want it. The wise gain this wisdom by reading, by hearing the word, by meditation, by prayer, by faith in Christ, who is made of God unto us wisdom. 15. This refers to the common mistakes both of rich and poor, as to their outward condition. Rich people's wealth exposes them to many dangers; while a poor man may live comfortably, if he is content, keeps a good conscience, and lives by faith. 16. Perhaps a righteous man has no more than what he works hard for, but that labour tends to life. 17. The traveller that has missed his way, and cannot bear to be told of it, and to be shown the right way, must err still. 18. He is especially a fool who thinks to hide anything from God; and malice is no better. 19. Those that speak much, speak much amiss. He that checks himself is a wise man, and therein consults his own peace. 20,21. The tongue of the just is sincere, freed from the dross of guile and evil design. Pious discourse is spiritual food to the needy. Fools die for want of a heart, so the word is; for want of thought.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - His strong city (Proverbs 18:11). Wealth is a help in many ways, securing from dangers, giving time and opportunity for acquiring wisdom, making one independent and free in action (Ecclesiastes 7:12; Ecclus. 40:25, etc.). The destruction of the poor is their poverty. The poor are crushed, exposed to all kinds of evil, moral and material, by their want of means. The word for poor is here dal, which implies weakness and inability to help one's self; the other word commonly used for "poor" is rash, which signifies rather "impecuniosity," opposed to "wealthy." So in the present passage the LXX. renders ἀσθενῶν, "the feeble." The poor were but lightly regarded till Christ pronounced the benediction, "Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God" (Luke 6:20). The view of Theoguis ('Paraen.,' 177) will speak the experience of many -

Καὶ γὰρ ἀνὴρ πενίῃ δεδμημένος οὔτέ τι εἰπεῖν Οὔθ ἕρξαι δύναται γλῶσσα δὲ οἱ δέδεται

"A man, by crushing poverty subdued,
Can freely nothing either say or do -
His very tongue is tied."


Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The rich man's wealth is his strong city,.... What a fortified city is to persons in time of war, that is a rich man's wealth to him; by it he can defend himself from the injuries of others, and support himself and family in times of public calamity; for money is a defence, and answers all things, Ecclesiastes 7:12. Or his wealth is so in his own apprehension and conceit; he puts his trust and confidence in it, and thinks himself safe and secure by it; when he is trusting to uncertain riches, which will fail him; these may fly away from him in life, and leave him exposed to distress and danger; and, however, will not secure him at death from the wrath of God and everlasting destruction. Or he is lifted up with his riches, is in high spirits, and despises others; thinking himself safe, as in a strong castle, and fears nothing, distresses, diseases, or death;

the destruction of the poor is their poverty: or their poverty is their consternation, as the word (h) signifies, it frightens them; they, knowing their circumstances, are afraid of everybody and of every thing; not being able to defend themselves against their enemies, or support themselves in times of public calamity, as war, famine, or pestilence.

(h) "consternatio", Mercerus, Gejerus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. Both by trusting in "uncertain riches" (1Ti 6:17), or by the evils of poverty (Pr 30:9), men, not fearing God, fall into dangers.

Proverbs 10:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
14Wise men store up knowledge, But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand. 15The rich man's wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty. 16The wages of the righteous is life, The income of the wicked, punishment.…
Cross References
Job 31:24
"If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, 'You are my security,'

Psalm 52:7
"Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!"

Proverbs 18:11
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.

Proverbs 19:7
The poor are shunned by all their relatives-- how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found.
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