Proverbs 21:22
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.

Berean Study Bible
A wise man scales the city of the mighty and pulls 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.

New King James Version
A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the trusted stronghold.

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

NASB 1995
A wise man scales the city of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

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

Amplified Bible
A wise man scales the city [walls] of the mighty And brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

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

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

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

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A wise man assaults strong cities, and demolishes the fortress in which the ungodly trusted.

Contemporary English Version
One wise person can defeat a city full of soldiers and capture their fortress.

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

Good News Translation
A shrewd general can take a city defended by strong men, and destroy the walls they relied on.

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
The wise has gone up a city of the mighty, "" And brings down the strength of its confidence.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The King's Heart
21He who pursues righteousness and loving devotion finds life, righteousness, and honor. 22A wise man scales the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust. 23He who guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from distress.…

Cross References
2 Samuel 5:6
Now the king and his men marched to Jerusalem against the Jebusites who inhabited the land. The Jebusites said to David: "You will never get in here. Even the blind and lame can repel you." For they thought, "David cannot get in here."

Proverbs 24:5
A wise man is strong, and a man of knowledge enhances his strength.

Ecclesiastes 7:19
Wisdom makes the wise man stronger than ten rulers in a city.

Ecclesiastes 9:15
Now a poor wise man was found in the city, and he saved the city by his wisdom. Yet no one remembered that poor man.

Ecclesiastes 9:16
And 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 you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee…

Ecclesiastes 7:19
Wisdom strengtheneth 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 unto me: …









Verse 22. - A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty. The courage and strength of valiant men cannot defend a city against the skilful counsel of a wise strategist. And he casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof. He lays low the strength in which the defenders trusted; he not only takes the fortress, but also demolishes it. Wisdom is stronger than bodily might (Proverbs 20.18. See the apologue, Ecclesiastes 9:14, etc.). Septuagint, "A wise man cometh upon strong cities, and casteth down the stronghold (καθεῖλε τὸ ὀχύρωμα) in which the ungodly trusted." Thus St. Paul, speaking of the weapons which God gives us to fight withal in the spiritual battle, says (2 Corinthians 10:4) that they are "mighty before him to the casting down of strongholds (πρὸς καθαίρεσιν οχυρωμάτων)."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A wise [man]
חָכָ֑ם (ḥā·ḵām)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2450: Wise

scales
עָלָ֣ה (‘ā·lāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

the city
עִ֣יר (‘îr)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 5892: Excitement

of the mighty
גִּ֭בֹּרִים (gib·bō·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 1368: Powerful, warrior, tyrant

and pulls down
וַ֝יֹּ֗רֶד (way·yō·reḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3381: To come or go down, descend

the stronghold
עֹ֣ז (‘ōz)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5797: Strength, might

in which they trust.
מִבְטֶחָֽה׃ (miḇ·ṭe·ḥāh)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 4009: A refuge, security, assurance


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