Proverbs 21:9
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New International Version
Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

New Living Translation
It's better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.

English Standard Version
It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

New American Standard Bible
It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

King James Bible
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better to live on the corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife.

International Standard Version
It's better to live in a corner on the roof than to share a house with a contentious woman.

NET Bible
It is better to live on a corner of the housetop than in a house in company with a quarrelsome wife.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It is better to sit on the corner of the roof than to dwell with a contentious woman.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better to live on a corner of a roof than to share a home with a quarreling woman.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

King James 2000 Bible
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman in a whole house.

American King James Version
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

American Standard Version
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a contentious woman in a wide house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is better to sit in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling women, and in a common house.

Darby Bible Translation
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman, and a house in common.

English Revised Version
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman in a wide house.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is better to dwell in a corner of the house-top, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

World English Bible
It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than to share a house with a contentious woman.

Young's Literal Translation
Better to sit on a corner of the roof, Than with a woman of contentions and a house of company.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop. One is to think of the flat roof of an Eastern house, which was used as an apartment for many purposes: e,g. for sleeping and conference (1 Samuel 9:25, 26), for exercise (2 Samuel 11:2), for domestic matters (Joshua 2:6), for retirement and prayer (Psalm 102:7; Acts 10:9). This, though exposed to the inclemency of the weather, would be not an uncomfortable situation during a great part of the year. But the proverb implies a position abnormally inconvenient as an alternative preferable to a residence inside. Hence, perhaps, it is advisable to render, with Delitzsch, "Better to sit on the pinhole of a house roof." Septuagint, "It is better to dwell in a corner of a place open to the sky (ὑπαίθρου)." Than with a brawling (contentious) woman in a wide house; literally, a house of society; i.e. a house in common (comp. ver. 19 and Proverbs 25:24). A solitary corner, replete with inconveniences, is to be preferred to house shared with woman, wife or other female relation, of a quarrelsome and vexatious temper. The LXX. puts the matter forcibly, "than in cieled rooms with unrighteousness and in a common house." So the Latin proverb, "Non quam late, sed quam laete habites, refert." The Scotch have a proverb to the same effect: "A house wi' a reek and a wife wi' a reerd (scold) will sune mak' a man run to the door." "I had rather dwell," says the Son of Sirach (Ecclus. 25:16), "with a lion and a dragon, than to keep house with a wicked woman."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop,.... The roofs of houses in Judea were that, encompassed with battlements, whither persons might retire for solitude, and sit in safety: and it is better to be in a corner of such a roof alone, and be exposed to scorching heat, to blustering winds, to thunder storms and showers of rain,

than with a brawling woman in a wide house; large and spacious, full of rooms, fit for a numerous family: or, "an house of society" (u); where many families might dwell and live sociably with each other; or a house where a man, his wife and family, might dwell together, and have communion with each other; it is opposed to the corner of the housetop, and the solitariness of it; as the scolding of the brawling woman, or "a woman of contentions" (w), who is always noisy and quarrelsome, her violent passions, her storming language, and thundering voice, are to the inclemencies of the heavens, to which a man on the housetop is exposed; and yet these are more eligible than the other; see Proverbs 21:19.

(u) "domo societatis", Montanus, Vatablus, Baynus, Mercerus, Michaelis, "et domus societatis", Schultens. (w) "prae muliere contentionum", Montanus, Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. corner—a turret or arbor on the roof.

brawling—or contentious.

wide house—literally, "house of fellowship," large enough for several families.

Proverbs 21:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The King's Heart is in the Lord's Hand
8The way of a guilty man is crooked, But as for the pure, his conduct is upright. 9It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman. 10The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.…
Cross References
Proverbs 19:13
A foolish child is a father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.

Proverbs 21:8
The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.

Proverbs 21:10
The wicked crave evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.

Proverbs 21:19
Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.

Proverbs 25:24
Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
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It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

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