Proverbs 26:17
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New International Version
Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.

New Living Translation
Interfering in someone else's argument is as foolish as yanking a dog's ears.

English Standard Version
Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.

New American Standard Bible
Like one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.

King James Bible
He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A person who is passing by and meddles in a quarrel that's not his is like one who grabs a dog by the ears.

International Standard Version
Picking up a dog by the ears— that's what someone is like who meddles in another's fight.

NET Bible
Like one who grabs a wild dog by the ears, so is the person passing by who becomes furious over a quarrel not his own.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that meddles in a case that is not his is like he that takes a dog by its ears.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Like] grabbing a dog by the ears, [so] is a bystander who gets involved in someone else's quarrel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him is like one that takes a dog by the ears.

King James 2000 Bible
He that passes by, and meddles with a quarrel not belonging to him, is like one that takes a dog by the ears.

American King James Version
He that passes by, and meddles with strife belonging not to him, is like one that takes a dog by the ears.

American Standard Version
He that passeth by, and vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, Is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As he that taketh a dog by the ears, so is he that passeth by in anger, and meddleth with another man's quarrel.

Darby Bible Translation
He that passing by vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, is [like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.

English Revised Version
He that passeth by, and vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

World English Bible
Like one who grabs a dog's ears is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.

Young's Literal Translation
Laying hold on the ears of a dog, Is a passer-by making himself wrath for strife not his own.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

26:2. He that is cursed without cause, the curse shall do him no more harm than the bird that flies over his head. 3. Every creature must be dealt with according to its nature, but careless and profligate sinners never will be ruled by reason and persuasion. Man indeed is born like the wild ass's colt; but some, by the grace of God, are changed. 4,5. We are to fit our remarks to the man, and address them to his conscience, so as may best end the debate. 6-9. Fools are not fit to be trusted, nor to have any honour. Wise sayings, as a foolish man delivers and applies them, lose their usefulness. 10. This verse may either declare how the Lord, the Creator of all men, will deal with sinners according to their guilt, or, how the powerful among men should disgrace and punish the wicked. 11. The dog is a loathsome emblem of those sinners who return to their vices, 2Pe 2:22. 12. We see many a one who has some little sense, but is proud of it. This describes those who think their spiritual state to be good, when really it is very bad. 13. The slothful man hates every thing that requires care and labour. But it is foolish to frighten ourselves from real duties by fancied difficulties. This may be applied to a man slothful in the duties of religion. 14. Having seen the slothful man in fear of his work, here we find him in love with his ease. Bodily ease is the sad occasion of many spiritual diseases. He does not care to get forward with his business. Slothful professors turn thus. The world and the flesh are hinges on which they are hung; and though they move in a course of outward services, yet they are not the nearer to heaven. 15. The sluggard is now out of his bed, but he might have lain there, for any thing he is likely to bring to pass in his work. It is common for men who will not do their duty, to pretend they cannot. Those that are slothful in religion, will not be at the pains to feed their souls with the bread of life, nor to fetch in promised blessings by prayer. 16. He that takes pains in religion, knows he is working for a good Master, and that his labour shall not be in vain. 17. To make ourselves busy in other men's matters, is to thrust ourselves into temptation. 18,19. He that sins in jest, must repent in earnest, or his sin will be his ruin. 20-22. Contention heats the spirit, and puts families and societies into a flame. And that fire is commonly kindled and kept burning by whisperers and backbiters. 23. A wicked heart disguising itself, is like a potsherd covered with the dross of silver.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 17-28. - A series of proverbs connected more or less with peacefulness and its opposite. Verse 17. - He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him. "Meddleth with strife" should be "vexes, excites himself, with a quarrel." Is like one that taketh a dog by the ears, and thus needlessly provokes him to bark and bite. Regarding the position of the two participles in this verse, without any connecting link, Delitzsch takes "passing by" as attributed to the dog, thus: "He seizes by the ears a dog passing by, who is excited by a strife that concerns him not." The stray dog corresponds to the quarrel with which one has nothing to do. The present accentuation does not support this view; otherwise it is suitable and probable. Septuagint, "As he who lays hold of a dog's tail, so is he who sets himself forth as champion in another's cause." Ecclus. 11:9, "Strive not in a matter that concerns thee not." Says a Greek gnome -

Πολυπραγμονεῖν τὰλλότρια μὴ βοῦλου κακά Our English proverb says, "He that intermeddles with all things may go shoe the goslings." The Telugu compares such interference to a monkey holding a snake in his paw; it is hard to hold, dangerous to let go (Lane).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him,.... One that going along the streets, and passing by the door, where two or more persons are quarrelling, and he thrusts himself in and intermeddles in the affair he has no concern in; and interests himself in the cause of the quarrel he has nothing to do with, on account of acquaintance, relation, or office; and especially when, instead of being a mediator and peacemaker, he takes on one side, and acts the angry part, as Aben Ezra interprets the word rendered "meddleth"; blows things up into a greater flame, and enrages the one against the other. Such a man

is like one that taketh a dog by the ears; which are short, and difficult to be held, and tender; and therefore cannot bear to be held by them, especially to be pulled and lugged by them, and which is very provoking; and as such a man has work enough to do to hold him, so he is in danger of being bitten by him, at least when he is forced to let go his hold: and so it is with a man that interferes in a quarrel in a furious manner; it is much if one or other of the contending parties do not fall upon him and abuse him. The Septuagint and Arabic versions render it, "as he that holdeth the tail of a dog."

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. meddleth—as in Pr 20:19; 24:21; as either holding a dog by the ears or letting him go involves danger, so success in another man's strife or failure involves a useless risk of reputation, does no good, and may do us harm.

Proverbs 26:17 Additional Commentaries
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16The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can give a discreet answer. 17Like one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him. 18Like a madman who throws Firebrands, arrows and death,…
Cross References
Proverbs 3:30
Do not accuse anyone for no reason-- when they have done you no harm.

Proverbs 26:18
Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death
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He that passes by, and meddles with strife belonging not to him, is like one that takes a dog by the ears.

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Proverbs 17:11 An evil man seeks only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall …

Proverbs 18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes.

Proverbs 20:3 It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Luke 12:14 And he said to him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?

2 Timothy 2:23,24 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do engender …

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