Proverbs 21:19

ESV It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.
NIV Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.
NASB It is better to live in a desert land Than with a contentious and irritating woman.
CSB Better to live in a wilderness than with a nagging and hot-tempered wife.
NLT It’s better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.
KJV It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

What does Proverbs 21:19 mean?

Once again (Proverbs 21:9) Solomon observes that luxury and comfort cannot make up for a negative, toxic relationship with one's spouse. The harsh conditions of a desert are preferable to the harsher conditions in such a home. The wording here is literally about a "wife," but the general idea applies to either sex (Proverbs 19:13; 27:15).

Although marriage is meant to unite a man and a woman, the union may be shaky when one spouse nags, argues, berates, or complains about the other. A happy marriage is one in which both partners honor the Lord and love each other (Ephesians 5:22–33). For the sake of a tranquil home each spouse must overlook the other's faults. Self-sacrificing love is the glue that binds husband and wife together in a joyful marriage. First Corinthians 13:4–5 describes such love as "patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful."
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