As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)A man of contentions, that loveth and giveth him self up to contentions.
so is a contentious man to kindle strife; or "a man of contentions" (k); who is given to it, is full of it; it is agreeable to his natural temper and disposition; he is in his element when at it; such a man is as fuel to the fire, as a dead coal to a living one, which increases the heat of it; so does he, he kindles and spreads the flame of contention and strife.As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)21. kindle] Better, inflame, R.V.Verse 21. - As coals are to burning coals. As black, cold charcoal feeds glowing charcoal, as wood feeds a lighted fire, so a quarrelsome man (Proverbs 21:9; Proverbs 27:15) supports and nourishes strife. The verse is the counterpart of the preceding. Septuagint, "A hearth for coal and logs for fire, and a reviling man for tumult of strife."
It is hard for him to bring it back to his mouth again.
A variation of Proverbs 19:24; the fut. ישׁיבנּה there, is here explained by נלאה להשׁיבהּ.
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