Proverbs 17:19
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New International Version
Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.

New Living Translation
Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster.

English Standard Version
Whoever loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction.

New American Standard Bible
He who loves transgression loves strife; He who raises his door seeks destruction.

King James Bible
He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
One who loves to offend loves strife; one who builds a high threshold invites injury.

International Standard Version
The person who loves transgression loves strife; the person who builds a high gate invites destruction.

NET Bible
The one who loves a quarrel loves transgression; whoever builds his gate high seeks destruction.

New Heart English Bible
He who loves disobedience loves strife. One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that loves evil loves fraud and brawling, and he that exalts his gate seeks ruin for his soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever loves sin loves a quarrel. Whoever builds his city gate high invites destruction.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He loveth transgression that loveth strife; He that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.

New American Standard 1977
He who loves transgression loves strife;
            He who raises his door seeks destruction.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Transgression loves him that loves strife, and he that exalts his gate seeks destruction.

King James 2000 Bible
He who loves transgression loves strife: and he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.

American King James Version
He loves transgression that loves strife: and he that exalts his gate seeks destruction.

American Standard Version
He loveth transgression that loveth strife: He that raiseth high his gate seeketh destruction.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that studieth discords, loveth quarrels: and he that exalteth his door, seeketh ruin.

Darby Bible Translation
He loveth transgression that loveth a quarrel; he that maketh high his gate seeketh destruction.

English Revised Version
He loveth transgression that loveth strife: he that raiseth high his gate seeketh destruction.

Webster's Bible Translation
He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.

World English Bible
He who loves disobedience loves strife. One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is loving transgression is loving debate, Whoso is making high his entrance is seeking destruction.
Study Bible
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness
18A man lacking in sense pledges And becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor. 19He who loves transgression loves strife; He who raises his door seeks destruction. 20He who has a crooked mind finds no good, And he who is perverted in his language falls into evil.…
Cross References
Proverbs 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

Proverbs 29:22
An angry man stirs up strife, And a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression.

Proverbs 29:23
A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.
Treasury of Scripture

He loves transgression that loves strife: and he that exalts his gate seeks destruction.

loveth

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one lets out water: therefore …

Proverbs 29:9,22 If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, …

2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, …

James 1:20 For the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God.

James 3:14-16 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, …

he that

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.

Proverbs 24:27 Prepare your work without, and make it fit for yourself in the field; …

1 Samuel 25:36-38 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, …

2 Samuel 15:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots …

1 Kings 1:5 Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will …

Jeremiah 22:13-15 Woe to him that builds his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers …

Daniel 4:20,21 The tree that you saw, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached …

(19) He that exalteth his gate.--Builds himself a sumptuous house.

Verse 19. - He loveth transgression that loveth strife, because strife leads to many breaches of the commandments (comp. Proverbs 29:22; James 1:20). Septuagint, "He who loveth sin rejoices in battles." And he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. He who builds a sumptuous house and lives in the way that his magnificent surroundings demand draws ruin on himself, either because he affects a state which he is unable to support, or acts so as to provoke reprisals and injurious consequences. The entrance to a Palestinian house would usually be of humble dimensions and sparse ornamentation; any doorway of great architectural pretensions would be uncommon, and would be regarded as a token of extraordinary wealth or reprehensible pride. Aben Ezra, taking "gate" as a metaphor for "mouth," explains the hemistich of the danger of random or excessive speech. This makes a good parallel with the first clause; but it is doubtful whether the words will bear this interpretation (see Hitzig); and the two clauses may present two forms of selfishness, captiousness and ostentation, both of which lead to quarrels and ruin (comp. Proverbs 16:18). He loveth transgression that loveth strife,.... For strife is transgression, when it flows from a malignant spirit, is with bad views, about things to no profit, and for contention's sake; otherwise to contend earnestly for the truth; to strive together for the faith of the Gospel, for matters of moment and importance, and not mere words; to strive lawfully in a cause that is just, and for truth and justice, is commendable and praiseworthy;

and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction; that opens the door of his lips, and speaks proudly, as Jarchi and Aben Ezra interpret it; who compare it with Micah 7:5; who set their mouths against heaven, and God in it; and whose tongue walks through the earth, and spares none there, Psalm 73:8; as antichrist, who opens his mouth in blasphemy against God and his tabernacle, and exalts himself above all that is called God; and such, sooner or later, bring destruction on themselves, and find it as surely as if they sought for it. Or this may be understood of proud ambitious persons, that build houses more magnificent than their substance will allow of, the gate being put for the whole; by which means they bring themselves to ruin. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions, have it in Proverbs 17:16, "he that buildeth his house high"; or who behaves proudly. 19. strife—contention is, and leads to, sin.

he that exalteth his gate—gratifies a vain love of costly building.

seeketh—or, "findeth," as if he sought (compare "loveth death," Pr 8:36).17:19. If we would keep a clear conscience and a quiet mind, we must shun all excitements to anger. And a man who affects a style of living above his means, goes the way to ruin. 20. There is nothing got by ill designs. And many have paid dear for an unbridled tongue. 21. This speaks very plainly what many wise and good men feel very strongly, how grievous it is to have a foolish, wicked child. 22. It is great mercy that God gives us leave to be cheerful, and cause to be cheerful, if by his grace he gives us hearts to be cheerful. 23. The wicked are ready to part with their money, though loved, that they may not suffer for their crimes. 24. The prudent man keeps the word of God continually in view. But the foolish man cannot fix his thoughts, nor pursue any purpose with steadiness. 25. Wicked children despise the authority of their father, and the tenderness of their mother. 26. It is very wrong to find fault for doing what is duty. 27,28. A man may show himself to be a wise man, by the good temper of his mind, and by the good government of his tongue. He is careful when he does speak, to speak to the purpose. God knows his heart, and the folly that is bound there; therefore he cannot be deceived in his judgment as men may be.
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