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Proverbs 21:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a contentious woman in a wide house.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [It is] better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [It is] better to dwell in a corner of the house-top, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman, and a house in common.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Better to dwell on the corner of the roof, than a quarrelsome wife, and a house in common.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Better to sit on a corner of the roof, Than [with] a woman of contentions and a house of company.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— It is better to sit in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman, and in a common house.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— It is better to dwell in a corner of the house top; then with a brawling woman in a wide house.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [It is] better to dwell in a corner on the house-top, than in plastered [rooms] with unrighteousness, and in an open house.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [It is] better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[It is] better 2896
{2896} Prime
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
to dwell 3427
{3427} Prime
A primitive root; properly to sit down (specifically as judge, in ambush, in quiet); by implication to dwell, to remain; causatively to settle, to marry.
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
in x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
a corner 6438
{6438} Prime
Feminine of H6434; an angle; by implication a pinnacle; figuratively a chieftain.
of the housetop, 1406
{1406} Prime
Probably by reduplication from H1342; a roof; by analogy the top of an altar.
than with a brawling 4079
{4079} Prime
A variation for H4066.
<8675> Grammar
Kethiv Reading

Where the translators of the Authorised Version followed the qere reading rather than the kethiv.
[4066] Standard
From H1777; a contest or quarrel.
woman 802
{0802} Prime
The first form is the feminine of H0376 or H0582; the second form is an irregular plural; a woman (used in the same wide sense as H0582).
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
in a wide 2267
{2267} Prime
From H2266; a society; also a spell.
house. 1004
{1004} Prime
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 21:9

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

_ _ brawling — or contentious.

_ _ wide house — literally, “house of fellowship,” large enough for several families.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 21:9

_ _ See here, 1. What a great affliction it is to a man to have a brawling scolding woman for his wife, who upon every occasion, and often upon no occasion, breaks out into a passion, and chides either him or those about her, is fretful to herself and furious to her children and servants, and, in both, vexatious to her husband. If a man has a wide house, spacious and pompous, this will embitter the comfort of it to him — a house of society (so the word is), in which a man may be sociable, and entertain his friends; this will make both him and his house unsociable, and unfit for enjoyments of true friendship. It makes a man ashamed of his choice and his management, and disturbs his company. 2. What many a man is forced to do under such an affliction. He cannot keep up his authority. He finds it to no purpose to contradict the most unreasonable passion, for it is unruly and rages so much the more; and his wisdom and grace will not suffer him to render railing for railing, nor his conjugal affection to use any severity, and therefore he finds it his best way to retire into a corner of the house-top, and sit alone there, out of the hearing of her clamour; and if he employ himself well there, as he may do, it is the wisest course he can take. Better do so than quit the house, and go into bad company, for diversion, as many, who, like Adam, make their wife's sin the excuse of their own.

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 21:19 [It is] better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones.
Proverbs 19:13 A foolish son [is] the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife [are] a continual dropping.
Proverbs 25:24 [It is] better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
Proverbs 27:15-16 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike. ... Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, [which] bewrayeth [itself].

brawling woman in a wide house:
Heb. woman of contentions in a house of society,
Proverbs 15:17 Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
Proverbs 17:1 Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife.
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