Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

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

King James Version

As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

Holman Bible

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

International Standard Version

Charcoal is to hot coals as wood is to fire; so also a quarrelsome man fuels strife.

A Conservative Version

[As] coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to inflame strife.

American Standard Version

As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to inflame strife.

Amplified


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

Bible in Basic English

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

Darby Translation

As coals for hot coals, and wood for fire, so is a contentious man to inflame strife.

Julia Smith Translation

As charcoal to burning coals and woods to fire, and a man of strifes to kindle strife.

King James 2000

As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

Lexham Expanded Bible

[As] charcoal [is] to hot embers and wood [is] to fire, so a man of quarrels [is] to kindling strife.

Modern King James verseion

As coals to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man to kindle fighting.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Coals kindle heat, and wood the fire; even so doth a brawling fellow stir up variance.

NET Bible

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

New Heart English Bible

As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindling strife.

The Emphasized Bible

Black coal to burning blocks, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man, for kindling strife.

Webster

As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

World English Bible

As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindling strife.

Youngs Literal Translation

Coal to burning coals, and wood to fire, And a man of contentions to kindle strife.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
As coals
פּחם 
Pecham 
Usage: 3

גּחלת גּחל 
Gechel 
Usage: 18

and wood
עץ 
`ets 
Usage: 329

to fire
אשׁ 
'esh 
Usage: 378

so is a contentious
מדין 
Midyan 
Usage: 9

man
אישׁ 
'iysh 
Usage: 692

to kindle
חרר 
Charar 
Usage: 10

References

Easton

Fausets

Smith

Context Readings

All About Fools

20 For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.
21 Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.



Cross References

Proverbs 15:18

A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,
But the slow to anger calms a dispute.

Proverbs 29:22

An angry man stirs up strife,
And a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression.

2 Samuel 20:1

Now a worthless fellow happened to be there whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite; and he blew the trumpet and said,
We have no portion in David,
Nor do we have inheritance in the son of Jesse;
Every man to his tents, O Israel!”

1 Kings 12:2-3

Now when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it, he was living in Egypt (for he was yet in Egypt, where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon).

1 Kings 12:20

It came about when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, that they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. None but the tribe of Judah followed the house of David.

Psalm 120:4

Sharp arrows of the warrior,
With the burning coals of the broom tree.

Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers all transgressions.

Proverbs 30:33

For the churning of milk produces butter,
And pressing the nose brings forth blood;
So the churning of anger produces strife.

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