Proverbs 21:9

NET ©

It is better to live on a corner of the housetop than in a house in company with a quarrelsome wife.

NIV ©

Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

NASB ©

It is better to live in a corner of a roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

NLT ©

It is better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a contentious wife in a lovely home.

MSG ©

Better to live alone in a tumbledown shack than share a mansion with a nagging spouse.

BBE ©

It is better to be living in an angle of the house-top, than with a bitter-tongued woman in a wide house.

NRSV ©

It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a contentious wife.

NKJV ©

Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

KJV
[It is] better
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to dwell
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in a corner
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of the housetop
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than with a brawling
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woman
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in a wide
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house
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{a brawling...: Heb. a woman of contentions} {a wide...: Heb. an house of society}
HEBREW
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tbsl
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bwj (21:9)
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LXXM
kreisson
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A-NSN
oikein
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V-PAN
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PREP
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N-GSF
upaiyrou
 
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CONJ
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PREP
kekoniamenoiv
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PREP
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N-GSF
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CONJ
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PREP
oikw
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N-DSM
koinw
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A-DSM
NET © [draft] ITL
It is better
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to live
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on
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a corner
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of the housetop
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than in a house
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in company
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with a quarrelsome
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wife
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.
NET © Notes

tn English versions which translate the Hebrew term as “roof” here sometimes produce amusing images for modern readers: TEV “Better to live on the roof”; CEV “It’s better to stay outside on the roof of your house.”

sn The reference is probably to a small room that would be built on the flat housetop primarily for guests (e.g., 1 Kgs 17:19; 2 Kgs 4:10). It would be cramped and lonely – but peaceful in avoiding strife.

tn The “house of company” has received numerous interpretations. The word “company” or “companionship” would qualify “house” as a place to be shared. The BHS editors propose “spacious house,” which would call for a transposition of letters (cf. NAB “a roomy house”; NLT “a lovely home”). Such an emendation makes good sense, but has no external support.

tn Heb “a wife of contentions”; KJV “a brawling woman”; TEV, CEV “a nagging wife.” The Greek version has no reference to a quarrelsome wife, but instead mentions justice in a common house.