Proverbs 26:21

NET ©

Like charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious person to kindle strife.

NIV ©

As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

NASB ©

Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife.

NLT ©

A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.

MSG ©

A quarrelsome person in a dispute is like kerosene thrown on a fire.

BBE ©

Like breath on coals and wood on fire, so a man given to argument gets a fight started.

NRSV ©

As charcoal is to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.

NKJV ©

As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife.

KJV
[As] coals
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[are] to burning coals
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and wood
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to fire
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so [is] a contentious
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man
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to kindle
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strife
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HEBREW
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Mxp (26:21)
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LXXM
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N-NSF
anyraxin
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N-DPM
kai
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CONJ
xula
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N-NPN
puri
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N-DSN
anhr
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N-NSM
de
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PRT
loidorov
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A-NSM
eiv
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PREP
tarachn
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N-ASF
machv
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N-GSF
NET © [draft] ITL
Like charcoal
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is to burning coals
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, and wood
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to fire
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, so is a contentious
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person
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to kindle
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strife
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.
NET © Notes

sn Heb “a man of contentions”; NCV, NRSV, NLT “a quarrelsome person.” The expression focuses on the person who is contentious by nature. His quarreling is like piling fuel on a fire that would otherwise go out. This kind of person not only starts strife, but keeps it going.

tn The Pilpel infinitive construct לְחַרְחַר (lÿkharkhar) from חָרַר (kharar, “to be hot; to be scorched; to burn”) means “to kindle; to cause to flare up.”