Proverbs 26:20
Good News Translation
Without wood, a fire goes out; without gossip, quarreling stops.

Contemporary English Version
Where there is no fuel a fire goes out; where there is no gossip arguments come to an end.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When the wood faileth, the fire shall go out: and when the talebearer is taken away, contentions shall cease.

New American Bible
Without wood the fire dies out; without a talebearer strife subsides.

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When the wood faileth, the fire shall go out: and when the talebearer is taken away, contentions shall cease.

where no wood is or without wood

Proverbs 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as it were simple, but they reach to the innermost parts of the belly.

Proverbs 16:28 A perverse man stirreth up quarrels: and one full of words separateth princes.

Proverbs 22:10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention shall go out with him, and quarrels and reproaches shall cease.

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is placed among our members, which defileth the whole body and inflameth the wheel of our nativity, being set on fire by hell.

tale-bearer or whisperer is silent

Context
Similitudes and Instructions
19So is the man that hurteth his friend deceitfully: and when he is taken, saith: I did it in jest. 20When the wood faileth, the fire shall go out: and when the talebearer is taken away, contentions shall cease.21As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire, so an angry man stirreth up strife.…
Cross References
James 3:5
Even so the tongue is indeed a little member and boasteth great things. Behold how small a fire kindleth a great wood.

Leviticus 19:16
Thou shalt not be a detractor nor a whisperer among the people. Thou shalt not stand against the blood of thy neighbour. I am the Lord.

Proverbs 16:28
A perverse man stirreth up quarrels: and one full of words separateth princes.

Proverbs 22:10
Cast out the scoffer, and contention shall go out with him, and quarrels and reproaches shall cease.

Additional Translations
Without wood, a fire goes out; without gossip, a conflict ceases.Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.

For lack of wood the fire goeth out; And where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth.

With much wood fire increases; but where there is not a double-minded man, strife ceases.

Where no wood is, the fire goeth out; and where there is no talebearer, the contention ceaseth.

For lack of wood the fire goeth out: and where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth.

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no tale-bearer, the strife ceaseth.

For lack of wood a fire goes out. Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.

Without wood is fire going out, And without a tale-bearer, contention ceaseth,
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