Proverbs 20:3
Good News Translation
Any fool can start arguments; the honorable thing is to stay out of them.

Contemporary English Version
It makes you look good when you avoid a fight--only fools love to quarrel.

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

New American Bible
A person gains honor by avoiding strife, while every fool starts a quarrel.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

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Proverbs 14:29 He that is patient, is governed with much wisdom: but he that is impatient, exalteth his folly.

Proverbs 16:32 The patient man is better than the valiant: and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh cities.

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of quarrels is as when one letteth out water: and before he suffereth reproach, he forsaketh judgment.

Proverbs 19:11 The learning of a man is known by patience: and his glory is to pass over wrongs.

Proverbs 25:8-10 The things which thy eyes have seen, utter not hastily in a quarrel: lest afterward thou mayst not be able to make amends, when thou hast dishonoured thy friend. . . .

Ephesians 1:6-8 Unto the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he hath graced us, in his beloved son. . . .

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another: merciful, forgiving one another, even as God hath forgiven you in Christ.

Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as most dear children:

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Proverbs 14:17 The impatient man shall work folly: and the crafty man is hateful.

Proverbs 18:6 The lips of a fool intermeddle with strife: and his mouth provoketh quarrels.

Proverbs 21:24 The proud and the arrogant is called ignorant, who in anger worketh pride.

2 Kings 14:9 And Joas, king of Israel, sent again to Amasias, king of Juda, saying: A thistle of Libanus sent to a cedar tree, which is in Libanus, saying: Give thy daughter to my son to wife. And the beasts of the forest, that are in Libanus, passed, and trod down the thistle.

James 3:14 But if you have bitter zeal, and there be contention in your hearts: glory not and be not liars against the truth.

James 4:1 From whence are wars and contentions among you? Are they not hence, from your concupiscences, which war in your members?

Context
Wine is a Mocker
2As the roaring of a lion, so also is the dread of a king: he that provoketh him, sinneth against his own soul. 3It is an honour for a man to separate himself from quarrels: but all fools are meddling with reproaches.4Because of the cold the sluggard would not plough: he shall beg therefore in the summer, and it shall not be given him.…
Cross References
Genesis 13:7
Whereupon also there arose a strife between the herdsmen of Abram and of Lot. And at that time the Chanaanite and the Pherezite dwelled in that country.

Genesis 13:8
Abram therefore said to Lot: Let there be no quarrel, I beseech thee, between me and thee, and between my herdsmen and thy herdsmen: for we are brethren.

Proverbs 17:14
The beginning of quarrels is as when one letteth out water: and before he suffereth reproach, he forsaketh judgment.

Additional Translations
It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, but any fool will quarrel.It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

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

It is a glory to a man to turn aside from railing; but every fool is entangled with such matters.

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

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

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

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

An honour to a man is cessation from strife, And every fool intermeddleth.
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