Proverbs 13:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 13:10, NIV: Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Proverbs 13:10, ESV: By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.

Proverbs 13:10, KJV: Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Proverbs 13:10, NASB: Through overconfidence comes nothing but strife, But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.

Proverbs 13:10, NLT: Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.

Proverbs 13:10, CSB: Arrogance leads to nothing but strife, but wisdom is gained by those who take advice.

What does Proverbs 13:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The word translated "insolence" comes from a Hebrew verb literally meaning "to boil." This suggests a kind of inward, bubbling pride that refuses to learn anything from anybody (Proverbs 1:22; 12:15; 13:1). An insolent person is a contentious, know-it-all, egotistical individual with a superior attitude. He is quick to quarrel and unwilling to agree with anyone with a different view. Such persons create a great deal of drama but accomplish little else (Titus 3:9–11).

The philosophers at Mars Hill who rejected the apostle Paul's message about Jesus were insolent. They called Paul a babbler (Acts 17:18). Some of those who heard Paul preach about the resurrection made fun of him (Acts 17:32). Paul advised young Timothy to receive advice. He writes in 2 Timothy 1:13: "Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus." He also offered good counsel in Romans 12:16: "Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight."