Proverbs 19:13
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New International Version
A foolish child is a father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.

New Living Translation
A foolish child is a calamity to a father; a quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping.

English Standard Version
A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.

New American Standard Bible
A foolish son is destruction to his father, And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.

King James Bible
A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A foolish son is his father's ruin, and a wife's nagging is an endless dripping.

International Standard Version
A father's ruin is a foolish son, and a wife's quarreling is like dripping water that never stops.

NET Bible
A foolish child is the ruin of his father, and a contentious wife is like a constant dripping.

New Heart English Bible
A foolish son is the calamity of his father. A wife's quarrels are a continual dripping.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A foolish son is a disgrace to a father, and the anxiety of a wife is like a continual dripping.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A foolish son ruins his father, and a quarreling woman is like constantly dripping water.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A foolish son is the calamity of his father; And the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

New American Standard 1977
A foolish son is destruction to his father,
            And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A foolish son is a pain unto his father, and the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.

King James 2000 Bible
A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.

American King James Version
A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

American Standard Version
A foolish son is the calamity of his father; And the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A foolish son is the grief of his father: and a wrangling wife is like a roof continually dropping through.

Darby Bible Translation
A foolish son is the calamity of his father; and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

English Revised Version
A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

Webster's Bible Translation
A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

World English Bible
A foolish son is the calamity of his father. A wife's quarrels are a continual dripping.

Young's Literal Translation
A calamity to his father is a foolish son, And the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
Study Bible
Better is the Poor Man with Integrity
12The king's wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass. 13A foolish son is destruction to his father, And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping. 14House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the LORD.…
Cross References
Proverbs 17:21
He who sires a fool does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy.

Proverbs 17:25
A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him.

Proverbs 21:9
It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

Proverbs 21:19
It is better to live in a desert land Than with a contentious and vexing woman.

Proverbs 27:15
A constant dripping on a day of steady rain And a contentious woman are alike;
Treasury of Scripture

A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

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Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish …

Proverbs 15:20 A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish man despises his mother.

Proverbs 17:21,25 He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow: and the father of a …

2 Samuel 13:13-18 And I, where shall I cause my shame to go? and as for you, you shall …

Ecclesiastes 2:18,19 Yes, I hated all my labor which I had taken under the sun: because …

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Proverbs 21:9,19 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling …

Proverbs 25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a …

Proverbs 27:15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

Job 14:19 The waters wear the stones: you wash away the things which grow out …

(13) A continual dropping.--As of the rain leaking through the flat roof of an eastern house on a wet day. (Comp. 27:15.)

Verse 13. - With the first clause we may compare Proverbs 10:1; Proverbs 15:20; Proverbs 17:21, 25. Calamity in the Hebrew is in the plural number (contritiones, Pagn.), as if to mark the many and continued sorrows which a bad son brings upon his father, how he causes evil after evil to harass and distress him. The contentions of a wife are a continual dropping (comp. Proverbs 27:15). The flat roofs of Eastern houses, formed of planks loosely joined and covered with a coating of clay or plaster, were always subject to leakage in heavy rains. The irritating altercations and bickering of a cross-grained wife are compared to the continuous drip of water through an imperfectly constructed roof. Tecta jugiter perstillantia, as the Vulgate has it. The Scotch say, "A leaky house and a scolding wife are two bad companions." The two clauses of the verse are coordinate, expressing two facts that render home life miserable and unendurable, viz. the misbehaviour of a son and the ill temper of a wife. The Septuagint, following a different reading, has, "Nor are offerings from a harlot's hire pure," which is an allusion to Deuteronomy 23:18. A foolish son is the calamity of his father,.... Or, "the calamities of his father" (q); he brings them to him. A very great affliction he is, and which has many distresses and sorrows in it; as loss of reputation and credit in his family, which is sunk by his behaviour, instead of being supported and increased; loss of substance, through extravagance and riotous living, and the ruin of his soul and body by his wicked practices; see Proverbs 10:1;

and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping; or like the dropping of rain, in a rainy day, into a house out of repair, and which is very uncomfortable to, the inhabitants of it; see Proverbs 27:15. Such are the contentions of a peevish, ill natured, and brawling wife, who is always scolding; and which is a continual vexation to a man, and renders him very uneasy in life: such a continual dropping was Xantippe to Socrates, who teased him night and day with her brawls and contentions (r). A great unhappiness each of these must be!

(q) "calamitates", Vatablus; "aerumnae", Piscator, Michaelis; "causa aerumnarum", Junius & Tremellius. (r) A. Gell. Noct. Attic. l. 1. c. 17. 13. calamity—literally, "calamities," varied and many.

continual dropping—a perpetual annoyance, wearing out patience.19:11. He attains the most true glory who endeavours most steadily to overcome evil with good. 12. Christ is a King, whose wrath against his enemies will be as the roaring of a lion, and his favour to his people as the refreshing dew. 13. It shows the vanity of the world, that we are liable to the greatest griefs where we promise ourselves the greatest comfort.
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