The Name of the Lord is a Strong Tower: What Does Proverbs 18:10 Mean?


Proverbs 18:10 reads, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” King James Version (KJV)

TranslationProverbs 18:10
ESVThe name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
NASBThe name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.
NIVThe name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
NLTThe name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.

The Name of the Lord is a Strong Tower: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

18:4. The well-spring of wisdom in the heart of a believer, continually supplies words of wisdom. 5. The merits of a cause must be looked to, not the person. 6,7. What mischief bad men do to themselves by their ungoverned tongues!

8. How base are those that sow contention! and what fatal effects may be expected from small beginnings of jealousy! 9. Omissions of duty, and in duty, are fatal to the soul, as well as commissions of sin.

10,11. The Divine power, made known in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, forms a strong tower for the believer, who relies on the Lord. How deceitful the defence of the rich man, who has his portion and treasure in this world!

It is a strong city and a high wall only in his own conceit; for it will fail when most in need. They will be exposed to the just wrath of that Judge whom they despised as a Saviour.

12. After the heart has been lifted up with pride, a fall comes. But honour shall be the reward of humility. 13. Eagerness, with self-conceit, will expose to shame.

14. Firmness of mind supports under many pains and trials. But when the conscience is tortured with remorse, no human fortitude can bear the misery; what then will hell be?

15. We must get knowledge, not only into our heads, but into our hearts. 16. Blessed be the Lord, who makes us welcome to come to his throne, without money and without price. May his gifts make room for him in our souls.

Proverbs 18:10 | Poole Bible Commentary

The name of the Lord, i.e. the Lord, as he hath revealed himself in his works, and especially in his word by his promises, and the declarations of his infinite perfections, and of his good will to his people.

Is a strong tower; is sufficient for our protection in case of the greatest dangers.

The righteous; which limitation he adds to beat down the vain confidences of those men, who though they live in a gross neglect and contempt of God, will expect salvation from him.

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