Proverbs 18:10
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New International Version
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

New Living Translation
The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.

English Standard Version
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

New American Standard Bible
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.

King James Bible
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The name of Yahweh is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.

International Standard Version
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; a righteous person rushes to it and is lifted up above the danger.

NET Bible
The name of the LORD is like a strong tower; the righteous person runs to it and is set safely on high.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The name of Lord Jehovah Jehovah is a strong tower; the righteous will run to it and be strengthened.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The name of the LORD is a strong tower. A righteous person runs to it and is safe.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous shall run into it, and be raised up.

King James 2000 Bible
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.

American King James Version
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.

American Standard Version
The name of Jehovah is a strong tower; The righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the just runneth to it, and shall be exalted.

Darby Bible Translation
The name of Jehovah is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

English Revised Version
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Webster's Bible Translation
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

World English Bible
The name of Yahweh is a strong tower: the righteous run to him, and are safe.

Young's Literal Translation
A tower of strength is the name of Jehovah, Into it the righteous runneth, and is set on high.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:4. The well-spring of wisdom in the heart of a believer, continually supplies words of wisdom. 5. The merits of a cause must be looked to, not the person. 6,7. What mischief bad men do to themselves by their ungoverned tongues! 8. How base are those that sow contention! and what fatal effects may be expected from small beginnings of jealousy! 9. Omissions of duty, and in duty, are fatal to the soul, as well as commissions of sin. 10,11. The Divine power, made known in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, forms a strong tower for the believer, who relies on the Lord. How deceitful the defence of the rich man, who has his portion and treasure in this world! It is a strong city and a high wall only in his own conceit; for it will fail when most in need. They will be exposed to the just wrath of that Judge whom they despised as a Saviour. 12. After the heart has been lifted up with pride, a fall comes. But honour shall be the reward of humility. 13. Eagerness, with self-conceit, will expose to shame. 14. Firmness of mind supports under many pains and trials. But when the conscience is tortured with remorse, no human fortitude can bear the misery; what then will hell be? 15. We must get knowledge, not only into our heads, but into our hearts. 16. Blessed be the Lord, who makes us welcome to come to his throne, without money and without price. May his gifts make room for him in our souls.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - The Name of the Lord is a strong tower. The Name of the Lord signifies all that God is in himself - his attributes, his love, mercy, power, knowledge; which allow man to regard him as a sure Refuge. "Thou hast been a Shelter for me," says the psalmist (Psalm 61:3), "and a strong Tower from the enemy." The words bring before us a picture of a capitol, or central fortress, in which, at times of danger, the surrounding population could take refuge. Into this Name we Christians are baptized; and trusting in it, and doing the duties to which our profession calls, with faith and prayer, we are safe in the storms of life and the attacks of spiritual enemies. The righteous runneth into it (the tower), and is safe; literally, is set on high; exaltabitur, Vulgate; he reaches a position where he in set above the trouble or the danger that besets him. Thus St. Peter, speaking of Christ, exclaims (Acts 4:12), "Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other Name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." "Prayer," says Tertullian ('De Orat.,' 29), "is the wall of faith, our arms and weapons against man who is always watching us. Therefore let us never go unarmed, night or day. Under the arms of prayer let us guard the standard of our Leader; let us wait for the angel's trumpet, praying." Septuagint, "From the greatness of his might is the Name of the Lord; and running unto it the righteous are exalted."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The name of the Lord is a strong tower,.... By "the name of the Lord" may be meant, either the attributes and perfections of God, by which he is made known, and which are the strength and security of his people; his goodness, grace, and mercy, are their defence; his favour encompasses them about, as a shield; his justice protects them from all injuries and insults; his truth and faithfulness preserve them; they are kept by his power, as in a garrison; and his unchangeableness is a reason why they are not consumed: or else the Lord himself; his name is put for himself, Psalm 20:1; and may be well interpreted of the Messiah, as it is by the ancient Jew, (q); in and by whom God is manifested unto men as the God of grace; in whom he proclaims his name, a God gracious and merciful; whose name is in him, and who has the same nature and perfections with him; his name is Jehovah, our righteousness; Immanuel, God with us; the mighty God, and Prince of peace; and who is called Jesus, because he saves his people from their sins, and so is their security from eternal destruction. What a strong tower is to them that are within it, against an enemy without, that is the power, strength, and might of Christ to his people; as a divine Person, he is strong and mighty, the most mighty, the Almighty; as man, he is the man of God's right hand, made strong for himself and us; as Mediator, he has all power in heaven and earth: in him is everlasting strength for his people; he is their Betzer, their fortified place, or city of refuge, to flee unto on all occasions; he is the strong hold, whither prisoners of hope are directed to turn to; he is their place of defence, and the munition of rocks; a strong tower, inexpugnable; so deeply founded, no enemy can work under it; and plant a mine to blow it up; so highly built; no scaling ladders can reach it; so fortified, no cannon balls can break through it, or demolish any of its walls and bulwarks, which are his salvation; the gates of hell cannot prevail against it; it is not to be taken by storm, or by the most violent attack of the whole posse of men and devils;

the righteous runneth into it; not self-righteous persons, they run from Christ and his righteousness, not to him and that; but such who see their own righteousness will not justify them; who indeed are sinners, know and acknowledge themselves to be such; as sinners go to Christ, who, as such, receives them; and these are righteous through the righteousness of Christ imputed to them, and live soberly, righteously, and godly: and it is the continual business or employment of their faith to betake themselves to Christ upon all occasions; they are continually coming to him, and exercising faith upon him, as the Lord their righteousness, which is meant by "running" to him; this supposes knowledge of him, as the strong tower and city of refuge; of the way unto him, and of the reception by him which may be expected; it supposes a principle of spiritual life, and some degree of spiritual strength; a sense of danger or of want in themselves, and of safety and fulness in Christ; it is expressive of haste, readiness, and cheerfulness, and is owing to the drawings of efficacious grace;

and such an one that thus runs

is safe; from the avenging justice of God; from the curse and condemnation of the law; from sin, and all its dreadful consequences; from Satan, and all spiritual enemies; from wrath to come, hell, and the second death: or is "set aloft" (r); is on high; for this tower, as it is a strong one, it is a high one; a rock of refuge, higher than men, or angels, or heaven itself; and such who are in it are out of the reach of all danger and every enemy.

(q) Midrash Tillim in Psal. xviii. 50. fol. 18. 1.((r) "et exaltabitur", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Gejerus; "erit in loco alto et tuto", Vatablus; "et exaltatur", Michaelis; "in celsoque aget", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. name of the Lord—manifested perfections (Ps 8:1; 20:2), as faithfulness, power, mercy, &c., on which men rely.

is safe—literally, "set on high, out of danger" (Ps 18:2; 91:4).

Proverbs 18:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Unfriendly Pursue Selfishness
9He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys. 10The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe. 11A rich man's wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination.…
Cross References
Exodus 3:15
God also said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob--has sent me to you.' "This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.

2 Samuel 22:2
He said: "The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

2 Samuel 22:3
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior-- from violent people you save me.

Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 61:3
For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.

Psalm 91:2
I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

Psalm 144:2
He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.

Proverbs 14:26
Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.

Proverbs 29:25
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.
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The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.

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Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to …

Exodus 3:13-15 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the children of Israel, …

Exodus 6:3 And I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, by the name of …

Exodus 34:5-7 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and …

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: …

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, …

Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, …

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2 Samuel 22:3,51 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the …

Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my …

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD …

Psalm 61:3,4 For you have been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy…

Psalm 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; …

Psalm 144:2 My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my …

Isaiah 26:4 Trust you in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

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Genesis 32:11,28,29 Deliver me, I pray you, from the hand of my brother, from the hand …

2 Samuel 22:45-47 Strangers shall submit themselves to me: as soon as they hear, they …

Psalm 56:3,4 What time I am afraid, I will trust in you…

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Psalm 91:14 Because he has set his love on me, therefore will I deliver him: …

Habakkuk 3:19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' …

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