Proverbs 21:22
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New International Version
One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.

New Living Translation
The wise conquer the city of the strong and level the fortress in which they trust.

English Standard Version
A wise man scales the city of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

New American Standard Bible
A wise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

King James Bible
A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wise person went up against a city of warriors and brought down its secure fortress.

International Standard Version
A wise man attacks the city of the mighty, bringing down the fortress in which they trust.

NET Bible
The wise person can scale the city of the mighty and bring down the stronghold in which they trust.

New Heart English Bible
A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the strength of its confidence.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A wise man went up to the city of a mighty man and conquered its trusted fortress.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wise man attacks a city of warriors and pulls down the strong defenses in which they trust.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, And bringeth down the stronghold wherein it trusteth.

New American Standard 1977
A wise man scales the city of the mighty,
            And brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wise man took the city of the mighty and cast down its strength in which it trusted.

King James 2000 Bible
A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and casts down the stronghold in which they trust.

American King James Version
A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and casts down the strength of the confidence thereof.

American Standard Version
A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, And bringeth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wise man hath scaled the city of the strong, and hath cast down the strength of the confidence thereof.

Darby Bible Translation
A wise [man] scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

English Revised Version
A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and bringeth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

Webster's Bible Translation
A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of its confidence.

World English Bible
A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the strength of its confidence.

Young's Literal Translation
A city of the mighty hath the wise gone up, And bringeth down the strength of its confidence.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
21:9. It is best to shun bitter contention by pouring out the heart before God. For by prudence and patience, with constant prayer, the cross may be removed. 10. The evil desires of a wicked man's heart, lead to baseness in his conduct. 11. The simple may be made wise by punishments on the wicked, and by instructions to those who are willing to be taught. 12. Good men envy not the prosperity of evil-doers; they see there is a curse on them. 13. Such as oppress the poor by beating down wages, such as will not relieve according to their ability those in distress, and those in authority who neglect to do justice, stop their ears at the cry of the poor. But doubtless care is to be used in the exercise of charity. 14. If money can conquer the fury of the passions, shall reason, the fear of God, and the command of Christ, be too weak to bridle them? 15. There is true pleasure only in the practice of religion. 16. Of all wanderers in the ways of sin, those are in the most dangerous condition who turn aside into the ways of darkness. Yet there is hope even for them in the all-sufficient Saviour; but let them flee to him without delay. 17. A life of worldly pleasure brings ruin on men. 18. The righteous is often delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead, and so seems as a ransom for him. 19. Unbridled passions spoil the comfort of all relations. 20. The plenty obtained by prudence, industry, and frugality, is desirable. But the foolish misspend what they have upon their lusts. 21. True repentance and faith will lead him that relies on the mercy of God in Christ, to follow after righteousness and mercy in his own conduct. 22. Those that have wisdom, often do great things, even against those confident of their strength. 23. It is our great concern to keep our souls from being entangled and disquieted. 24. Pride and haughtiness make men passionate; such continually deal in wrath, as if it were their trade to be angry. 25,26. Here is the misery of the slothful; their hands refuse to labour in an honest calling, by which they might get an honest livelihood; yet their hearts cease not to covet riches, pleasures, and honours, which cannot be obtained without labour. But the righteous and industrious have their desires satisfied. 27. When holiness is pretended, but wickedness intended, that especially is an abomination. 28. The doom of a false witness is certain. 29. A wicked man bids defiance to the terrors of the law and the rebukes of Providence. But a good man asks, What does God require of me? 30,31. Means are to be used, but, after all, our safety and salvation are only of the Lord. In our spiritual warfare we must arm ourselves with the whole armour of God; but our strength must be in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Study Bible
The King's Heart is in the Lord's Hand
21He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor. 22A wise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they trust. 23He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 5:6
Now the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to David, "You shall not come in here, but the blind and lame will turn you away"; thinking, "David cannot enter here."

Proverbs 24:5
A wise man is strong, And a man of knowledge increases power.

Ecclesiastes 7:19
Wisdom strengthens a wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.

Ecclesiastes 9:15
But there was found in it a poor wise man and he delivered the city by his wisdom. Yet no one remembered that poor man.

Ecclesiastes 9:16
So I said, "Wisdom is better than strength." But the wisdom of the poor man is despised and his words are not heeded.
Treasury of Scripture

A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and casts down the strength of the confidence thereof.

2 Samuel 20:16-22 Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray …

Ecclesiastes 7:19 Wisdom strengthens the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.

Ecclesiastes 9:13-18 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great to me…

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