English Standard Version
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.
King James Bible
It is an honour 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.
It is an honour for a man to separate himself from quarrels: but all fools are meddling with reproaches.
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.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
With Proverbs 19:26 there thus begins the fourth principal part of the Solomonic collection of proverbs introduced by chap. 1-9.
He that doeth violence to his father and chaseth his mother,
Is a son that bringeth shame and disgrace.
The right name is given in the second line to him who acts as is described in the first. שׁדּד means properly to barricade [obstruere], and then in general to do violence to, here: to ruin one both as to life and property. The part., which has the force of an attributive clause, is continued in the finite: qui matrem fugat; this is the rule of the Heb. style, which is not filome'tochos, Gesen. 134, Anm. 2. Regarding מבישׁ, vid., at Proverbs 10:5; regarding the placing together of הבישׁ והחפּיר, vid., Proverbs 13:5, where for הבישׁ, to make shame, to be scandalous, the word הבאישׁ, which is radically different, meaning to bring into bad odour, is used. The putting to shame is in בּושׁ ni si (kindred with Arab. bâth) thought of as disturbatio (cf. σύγχυσις) (cf. at Psalm 6:11), in חפר (khfr) as opertio (cf. Cicero's Cluent. 20: infamia et dedecore opertus), not, as I formerly thought, with Frst, as reddening, blushing (vid., Psalm 34:6). Putting to shame would in this connection be too weak a meaning for מחפּיר. The paedagogic stamp which Proverbs 19:26 impresses on this fourth principal part is made yet further distinct in the verse that now follows.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
and there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were dwelling in the land.
Then Abram said to Lot, "Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen.
The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
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