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Proverbs 26:21

 

 

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

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Coals - Charcoal.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:21". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/proverbs-26.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire,.... As brands, wood half burnt, or dead coals put to live and burning ones, soon take fire and become like them, and fit and proper fuel for them, and add to their heat:

so is a contentious man to kindle strife; or "a man of contentions"F11איש מדונים "vir contentionum", Montanus, Baynus, Piscator, Gejerus. ; who is given to it, is full of it; it is agreeable to his natural temper and disposition; he is in his element when at it; such a man is as fuel to the fire, as a dead coal to a living one, which increases the heat of it; so does he, he kindles and spreads the flame of contention and strife.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:21". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-26.html. 1999.

Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

21 Black coal to burning coal, and wood to fire;

And a contentious man to stir up strife.

The Venet . translates פּחם by καρβών , and גּחלת by ἄνθραξ ; the former (from פּחם , Arab. faḥuma , to be deep black) is coal in itself; the latter (from גּחל , jaham , to set on fire, and intrans. to burn), coal in a glowing state ( e.g. , Proverbs 25:22; Ezekiel 1:13). Black coal is suited to glowing coal, to nourish it; and wood to the fire, to sustain it; and a contentious man is suited for and serves this purpose, to kindle up strife. חרר signifies to be hot, and the Pilpel חרחר , to heat, i.e. , to make hot or hotter. The three - coal, wood, and the contentious man - are alike, in that they are a means to an end.


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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:21". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/proverbs-26.html. 1854-1889.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 26:21 [As] coals [are] to burning coals, and wood to fire; so [is] a contentious man to kindle strife.

Ver. 21. So is a contentious man.] Heb., A man of contentions, Vir biliosus et bellicosus; a man made up of discords, as Democritus said the world was - that loves to live in the fire, as the salamander doth; the dog days continue with such all the year long, and, like mad dogs, they bite and set a-madding all they can fasten on, as did Sheba, Korah, and Judas, who set all the disciples murmuring at the oil poured on Christ’s head. So Arius set all the Christian world on a light fire, and Pope Hildebrand cast abroad his firebrands.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:21". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-26.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Heb. A man of contentions, that loveth and giveth him self up to contentions.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 26:21". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-26.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

21. As coals — Charcoal. The sentiment in these two verses is similar, but not identical, that is represented in two different ways.

A contentious man — One who is fault-finding, irritating, and consequently vexatious.

Strife ceaseth — Goes out; it is kindled, fanned up, and kept burning by a man of contention — one fond of strife. Compare Proverbs 15:18; Proverbs 16:28; Proverbs 21:9; Proverbs 22:10; Proverbs 27:15.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:21". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/proverbs-26.html. 1874-1909.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

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

(As) coals (are) to burning coals, and wood to fire; so (is) a contentious man to kindle strife (Proverbs 15:18; Proverbs 29:22).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:21". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-26.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
10:12; 15:18; 29:22; 30:33; 2 Samuel 20:1; 1 Kings 12:2,3,20; Psalms 120:4

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:21". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-26.html.

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