Proverbs 15:25
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New International Version
The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he sets the widow's boundary stones in place.

New Living Translation
The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows.

English Standard Version
The LORD tears down the house of the proud but maintains the widow’s boundaries.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD will tear down the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow.

King James Bible
The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD destroys the house of the proud, but He protects the widow's territory.

International Standard Version
The house of the proud the LORD will demolish, but he will protect the widow's boundary line.

NET Bible
The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he maintains the boundaries of the widow.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD will uproot the house of the proud, but he will keep the widow's borders intact.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah breaks down the house of the proud and he strengthens the border of the widows.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD tears down the house of an arrogant person, but he protects the property of widows.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The LORD will pluck up the house of the proud; But He will establish the border of the widow.

New American Standard 1977
The LORD will tear down the house of the proud,
            But He will establish the boundary of the widow.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD will destroy the house of the proud, but he will establish the inheritance of the widow.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the boundary of the widow.

American King James Version
The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

American Standard Version
Jehovah will root up the house of the proud; But he will establish the border of the widow.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: and will strengthen the borders of the widow.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah plucketh up the house of the proud; but he establisheth the boundary of the widow.

English Revised Version
The LORD will root up the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

World English Bible
Yahweh will uproot the house of the proud, but he will keep the widow's borders intact.

Young's Literal Translation
The house of the proud Jehovah pulleth down, And He setteth up the border of the widow.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
24The path of life leads upward for the wise That he may keep away from Sheol below. 25The LORD will tear down the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow. 26Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD, But pleasant words are pure.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 19:14
"You shall not move your neighbor's boundary mark, which the ancestors have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the LORD your God gives you to possess.

Psalm 68:5
A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.

Psalm 146:9
The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.

Proverbs 12:7
The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.

Proverbs 14:11
The house of the wicked will be destroyed, But the tent of the upright will flourish.

Proverbs 15:26
Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD, But pleasant words are pure.

Proverbs 23:10
Do not move the ancient boundary Or go into the fields of the fatherless,
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

destroy

Proverbs 12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous …

Proverbs 14:11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of …

Job 40:11-13 Cast abroad the rage of your wrath: and behold every one that is …

Psalm 52:1,5 Why boast you yourself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of …

Psalm 138:6 Though the LORD be high, yet has he respect to the lowly: but the …

Isaiah 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be on every one that is proud …

Daniel 5:20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, …

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

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Deuteronomy 10:17,18 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great …

Psalm 68:5,6 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in …

Psalm 146:9 The LORD preserves the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and …

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To …

(25) The proud--who trust in their own strength; while He will "establish the border," or landmark, of the helpless widow, who has none to cry to but Him. The frequently threatened punishment against one who removes his neighbour's landmark, shews the offence to have been a common form of oppression. (Comp. Deuteronomy 19:14; Deuteronomy 27:17; Proverbs 22:28; Job 24:2; Hosea 5:10.)

Verse 25. - The Lord will destroy the house of the proud (ch. 12:7; 14:11; 16:18). The proud, self-confident man, with his family and household and wealth, shall be rooted up. The heathen saw how retribution overtook the arrogant. Thus Euripides says ('Heracl.,' 387) -

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"Zeus, the chastiser of too haughty thoughts." But he will establish the border of the widow. He will take the widow under his protection, and see that her landmark is not removed, and that her little portion is secured to her. The widow is taken as the type of weakness and desolation, as often in Scripture (comp. Deuteronomy 10:18; Psalm 146:9). In a country where property was defined by landmarks - stones or some such objects - nothing was easier than to remove these altogether, or to alter their position. That this was a common form of fraud and oppression we gather from the stringency of the enactments against the offence (see Deuteronomy 19:14; Deuteronomy 27:17; and comp. Job 24:2; Proverbs 22:28). In the Babylonian and Assyrian inscriptions which have been preserved, there are many invoking curses, curious and multifarious, against the disturbers of boundaries. Such marks were considered sacred and inviolable by the Greeks and Romans (see Plato, 'De Leg.,' 8:842, 843; Ovid, 'Fast.,' 2:639, etc.). The Lord will destroy the house of the proud,.... To whom he has the utmost aversion; he sets himself against them and resists them, and will not only destroy them, but their stately houses too, which their have fancied shall continue for ever; and also their families, their children and posterity; these shall be as stubble, and shall be burnt up in his wrath, and neither root nor branch left. Moreover, the man of sin, the son of perdition, may be more especially intended, that exalts himself above all that is called God, with all the sons of pride supported by him; his house, which is the house of the foolish and adulterous woman, the idolatrous church of Rome, shall be rooted up; the city of Rome, the seat of the beast itself, where his house or palace is, shall be destroyed, and all that belong unto him, even all they that have destroyed the earth, Revelation 11:18;

but he will establish the border of the widow; whose advocate, judge, and defender he is; when men, rich, proud, and oppressive, attempt to remove the landmark of the widow's border, and so lessen her land and enlarge their own, God will not suffer it to be done, but will establish it in its place; that is, such who are weak and helpless, as widows are, and cannot defend themselves and their property, he will protect them and secure it for them. So the church of Christ, during the reign of antichrist, being obliged to flee into the wilderness, looks like a widow deprived of her husband, and has but "little strength" to support and defend herself, as is said of the church of Philadelphia, Revelation 3:8; yet the Lord will secure and preserve her, and firmly settle and establish her, yea, enlarge her borders, and make them of pleasant stones; spread the kingdom of Christ from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth. Frequent mention is made of the establishing of the church in the latter day, Psalm 48:8, Isaiah 2:2. 25. The most desolate who have God's aid have more permanent good than the self-reliant sinner (Pr 2:22; 12:7).

border—or, "boundary for possessions" (Ps 78:54).15:25. Pride is the ruin of multitudes. But those who are in affliction God will support. 26. The thoughts of wicked men offend Him who knows the heart. 27. The covetous man lets none of his family have rest or enjoyment. And greediness of gain often tempts to projects that bring ruin. 28. A good man is proved to be a wise man by this; he governs his tongue well.
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