Proverbs 10:15
New International Version
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

New Living Translation
The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction.

English Standard Version
A rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin.

Berean Study Bible
The wealth of the rich man is his fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

New American Standard Bible
The rich man's wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty.

King James Bible
The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Christian Standard Bible
The wealth of the rich is his fortified city; the poverty of the poor is their destruction.

Contemporary English Version
Great wealth can be a fortress, but poverty is no protection at all.

Good News Translation
Wealth protects the rich; poverty destroys the poor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A rich man's wealth is his fortified city; the poverty of the poor is their destruction.

International Standard Version
The rich hide within the fortress that is their wealth, but the poor are dismayed due to their poverty.

NET Bible
The wealth of a rich person is like a fortified city, but the poor are brought to ruin by their poverty.

New Heart English Bible
The rich man's wealth is his strong city. The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The property of the rich is mighty fortress cities, and the ruin of the poor is their poverty.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The rich person's wealth is [his] strong city. Poverty ruins the poor.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The rich man's wealth is his strong city; The ruin of the poor is their poverty.

New American Standard 1977
The rich man’s wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The rich man's wealth is his strong city; the weakness of the poor is their poverty.

King James 2000 Bible
The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the ruin of the poor is their poverty.

American King James Version
The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

American Standard Version
The rich man's wealth is his strong city: The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The wealth of rich men is a strong city; but poverty is the ruin of the ungodly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The substance of a rich man is the city of his strength: the fear of the poor is their poverty.

Darby Bible Translation
The rich man's wealth is his strong city; the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

English Revised Version
The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Webster's Bible Translation
The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

World English Bible
The rich man's wealth is his strong city. The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Young's Literal Translation
The wealth of the rich is his strong city, The ruin of the poor is their poverty.
Study Bible
Solomon's Proverbs: The Wise Son
14The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of the fool invites destruction. 15The wealth of the rich man is his fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor. 16The labor of the righteous leads to life, but the gain of the wicked brings punishment.…
Cross References
Job 31:24
If I have put my trust in gold or called pure gold my security,

Psalm 52:7
"Look at the man who did not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his wealth, who strengthened himself by bringing destruction."

Proverbs 18:11
A rich man's wealth is his fortified city; it is like a high wall in his imagination.

Proverbs 19:7
All the brothers of a poor man hate him--how much more do his friends avoid him! He may pursue them with pleading, but they are nowhere to be found.

Treasury of Scripture

The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

rich

Proverbs 18:11
The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

Job 31:24,25
If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; …

Psalm 49:6
They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;

the destruction

Proverbs 14:20
The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.

Proverbs 19:7
All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

Proverbs 22:22,23
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: …







Lexicon
The wealth
ה֣וֹן (hō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1952: Wealth, sufficiency

of the rich man
עָ֭שִׁיר (‘ā·šîr)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6223: Rich

is his fortified
עֻזּ֑וֹ (‘uz·zōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5797: Strength, might

city,
קִרְיַ֣ת (qir·yaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7151: A town, city

but poverty
רֵישָֽׁם׃ (rê·šām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7389: Poverty

is the ruin
מְחִתַּ֖ת (mə·ḥit·taṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4288: A dissolution, a ruin, consternation

of the poor.
דַּלִּ֣ים (dal·lîm)
Adjective - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1800: Dangling, weak, thin
(15) The rich man's wealth is his strong city--i.e., an actual protection to him against his enemies, for by it he can get aid; or (as Proverbs 18:11) it gives him the consciousness of power, courage: whereas poverty drags a man down, and prevents his advance in life, or makes him timid, and unable to defend himself.

Verse 15. - His strong city (Proverbs 18:11). Wealth is a help in many ways, securing from dangers, giving time and opportunity for acquiring wisdom, making one independent and free in action (Ecclesiastes 7:12; Ecclus. 40:25, etc.). The destruction of the poor is their poverty. The poor are crushed, exposed to all kinds of evil, moral and material, by their want of means. The word for poor is here dal, which implies weakness and inability to help one's self; the other word commonly used for "poor" is rash, which signifies rather "impecuniosity," opposed to "wealthy." So in the present passage the LXX. renders ἀσθενῶν, "the feeble." The poor were but lightly regarded till Christ pronounced the benediction, "Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God" (Luke 6:20). The view of Theoguis ('Paraen.,' 177) will speak the experience of many -

Καὶ γὰρ ἀνὴρ πενίῃ δεδμημένος οὔτέ τι εἰπεῖν Οὔθ ἕρξαι δύναται γλῶσσα δὲ οἱ δέδεται

"A man, by crushing poverty subdued,
Can freely nothing either say or do -
His very tongue is tied."
10:7. Both the just and the wicked must die; but between their souls there is a vast difference. 8. The wise in heart puts his knowledge in practice. 9. Dissemblers, after all their shuffling, will be exposed. 10. Trick and artifice will be no excuse for iniquity. 11. The good man's mouth is always open to teach, comfort, and correct others. 12. Where there is hatred, every thing stirs up strife. By bearing with each other, peace and harmony are preserved. 13. Those that foolishly go on in wicked ways, prepare rods for themselves. 14. Whatever knowledge may be useful, we must lay it up, that it may not be to seek when we want it. The wise gain this wisdom by reading, by hearing the word, by meditation, by prayer, by faith in Christ, who is made of God unto us wisdom. 15. This refers to the common mistakes both of rich and poor, as to their outward condition. Rich people's wealth exposes them to many dangers; while a poor man may live comfortably, if he is content, keeps a good conscience, and lives by faith. 16. Perhaps a righteous man has no more than what he works hard for, but that labour tends to life. 17. The traveller that has missed his way, and cannot bear to be told of it, and to be shown the right way, must err still. 18. He is especially a fool who thinks to hide anything from God; and malice is no better. 19. Those that speak much, speak much amiss. He that checks himself is a wise man, and therein consults his own peace. 20,21. The tongue of the just is sincere, freed from the dross of guile and evil design. Pious discourse is spiritual food to the needy. Fools die for want of a heart, so the word is; for want of thought.
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