Proverbs 20:3
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New International Version
It is to one's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.

New Living Translation
Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.

English Standard Version
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.

New American Standard Bible
Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.

King James Bible
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, but any fool can get himself into a quarrel.

International Standard Version
Avoiding strife brings a man honor, but every fool is quarrelsome.

NET Bible
It is an honor for a person to cease from strife, but every fool quarrels.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It is the glory of a man whenever he separates a dispute, and every fool mocks it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Avoiding a quarrel is honorable. After all, any stubborn fool can start a fight.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife, but every fool will be meddling.

King James 2000 Bible
It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

American King James Version
It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

American Standard Version
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarrelling.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is an honour for a man to separate himself from quarrels: but all fools are meddling with reproaches.

Darby Bible Translation
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife; but every fool rusheth into it.

English Revised Version
It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife: but every fool will be quarrelling.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

World English Bible
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; but every fool will be quarreling.

Young's Literal Translation
An honour to a man is cessation from strife, And every fool intermeddleth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:1 It seems hard to believe that men of the greatest abilities, as well as the ignorant, should render themselves fools and madmen, merely for the taste or excitement produced by strong liquors. 2. How formidable kings are to those who provoke them! how much more foolish then is it to provoke the King of kings! 3. To engage in quarrels is the greatest folly that can be. Yield, and even give up just demands, for peace' sake. 4. He who labours and endures hardship in his seed-time for eternity, will be properly diligent as to his earthly business.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - It is an honour to a man to cease from strife; or better, as Delitzsch and others, to remain far from strife. A prudent man will not only abstain from causing quarrel, but will hold himself aloof from all contention, and thus will have due care for his own honour and dignity. How different is this from the modern cede, which makes a man's honour consist in his readiness to avenge fancied injury at the risk of his own or his neighbour's life! Septuagint, "It is a glory to a man to hold himself aloof from revilings." Every fool will be meddling (see on Proverbs 17:14; 18:1). Delitzsch, "Whoever is a fool showeth his teeth," finds pleasure in strife. Septuagint, "Every fool involves himself in such," as in ver. 1.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

It is an honour for a man to cease from strife,.... As Abraham did, Genesis 13:7; when engaged in a quarrel with his neighbour, or in a lawsuit, or in a religious controversy, especially when he finds he is in the wrong; and indeed, if he is in the right, when he perceives it is like to issue in no good, and is only about words to no profit, it is an honour to drop it;

but every fool will be meddling; with things he has no concern in, or is not equal to; yet will carry on the debate, though it is to his disgrace; see Proverbs 17:14.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. to cease from strife—or, better, "to dwell from or without strife," denoting the habit of life.

fool … meddling—(Pr 17:14).

Proverbs 20:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Wine is a Mocker
2The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life. 3Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel. 4The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.…
Cross References
Genesis 13:7
And quarreling arose between Abram's herders and Lot's. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.

Genesis 13:8
So Abram said to Lot, "Let's not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives.

Proverbs 17:14
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
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