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Proverbs 10:15 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The rich man's wealth is his strong city: The destruction of the poor is their poverty.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city: the destruction of the poor [is] their poverty.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The rich man’s wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city: the destruction of the poor [is] their poverty.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The rich man's wealth is his strong city; the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The substance of the rich, is his strong city, the terror of the poor, is their poverty.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The wealth of the rich [is] his strong city, The ruin of the poor [is] their poverty.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The substance of a rich man is the city of his strength: the fear of the poor is their poverty.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The rich mans wealth [is] his strong citie: the destruction of the poore [is] their pouertie.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The wealth of rich men is a strong city; but poverty is the ruin of the ungodly.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city: the destruction of the poor [is] their poverty.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The rich man's 6223
{6223} Prime
From H6238; rich, whether literally or figuratively (noble).
wealth 1952
{1952} Prime
From the same as H1951 in the sense of H0202; wealth; by implication enough.
[is] his strong 5797
{5797} Prime
From H5810; strength in various applications (force, security, majesty, praise).
city: 7151
{7151} Prime
From H7136 in the sense of flooring, that is, building; a city.
the destruction 4288
{4288} Prime
From H2846; properly a dissolution; concretely a ruin, or (abstractly) consternation.
of the poor 1800
{1800} Prime
From H1809; properly dangling, that is, (by implication) weak or thin.
[is] their poverty. 7389
{7389} Prime
From H7326; poverty.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 10:15

_ _ Both by trusting in “uncertain riches” (1 Timothy 6:17), or by the evils of poverty (Proverbs 30:9), men, not fearing God, fall into dangers.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 10:15

_ _ This may be taken two ways: — 1. As a reason why we should be diligent in our business, that we may avoid that sinking dispiriting uneasiness which attends poverty, and may enjoy the benefit and comfort which those have that are beforehand in the world. Taking pains is really the way to make ourselves and our families easy. Or, rather, 2. As a representation of the common mistakes both of rich and poor, concerning their outward condition. (1.) Rich people think themselves happy because they are rich; but it is their mistake: The rich man's wealth is, in his own conceit, his strong city, whereas the worst of evils it is too weak and utterly insufficient to protect them from. It will prove that they are not so safe as they imagine; nay, their wealth may perhaps expose them. (2.) Poor people think themselves undone because they are poor; but it is their mistake: The destruction of the poor is their poverty; it sinks their spirits, and ruins all their comforts; whereas a man may live very comfortably, though he has but a little to live on, if he be but content, and keep a good conscience, and live by faith.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 10:15

Wealth — It often redeems him from dangers and calamities. Poverty — Is the cause of their ruin.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 10:15

The rich man's wealth [is] his (h) strong city: the destruction of the poor [is] their poverty.

(h) And so makes him bold to do evil, while poverty bridles the poor from many evil things.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

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; ... If I rejoiced because my wealth [was] great, and because mine hand had gotten much;
Psalms 49:6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
Psalms 52:7 Lo, [this is] the man [that] made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, [and] strengthened himself in his wickedness.
Ecclesiastes 7:12 For wisdom [is] a defence, [and] money [is] a defence: but the excellency of knowledge [is, that] wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
Jeremiah 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise [man] glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty [man] glory in his might, let not the rich [man] glory in his riches:
Mark 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
Luke 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, [and] be merry.
1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

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: ... For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
Micah 2:1-2 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand. ... And they covet fields, and take [them] by violence; and houses, and take [them] away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
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Jb 31:24. Ps 49:6; 52:7. Pv 14:20; 18:11; 19:7; 22:22. Ec 7:12. Jr 9:23. Mi 2:1. Mk 10:24. Lk 12:19. 1Ti 6:17.

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