Proverbs 20:3
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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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
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.

Proverbs 20:3 Parallel
Commentary
Keil 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.

Proverbs 20:3 Parallel Commentaries

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Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.

Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city.

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one lets out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

Proverbs 19:11 The discretion of a man defers his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

Proverbs 25:8-10 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest you know not what to do in the end thereof, when your neighbor has put you to shame...

Ephesians 1:6-8 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved...

Ephesians 4:32 And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.

Ephesians 5:1 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;

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Proverbs 14:17 He that is soon angry deals foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

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

Proverbs 21:24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who deals in proud wrath.

2 Kings 14:9 And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying...

James 3:14 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

James 4:1 From where come wars and fights among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

Cross References
Genesis 13:7
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.

Genesis 13:8
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.

Proverbs 17:14
The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

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