Proverbs 26:17
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English Standard Version
Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.

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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The series of proverbs regarding fools is continued:

Like a dog which returneth to his vomit,

Is a fool who cometh again with his folly.

שׁב is like שׁונה, particip.; only if the punctuation were כּכּלב, ought "which returneth to his vomit" to be taken as a relative clause (vid., under Psalm 38:14). Regarding על as designating the terminus quo with verbs of motions, vid., Khler under Malachi 3:24. On קא equals קיא, cf. Proverbs 23:8. Luther rightly; as a dog devours again his vomit. The lxx translate: ὥσπερ κύων ὅταν ἐπέλθῃ ἐπὶ τὸν ἑαυτοῦ ἔμετον; the reference in 2 Peter 2:22 : κύων ἐπιστρέψας ἐπὶ τὸ ἴδιον ἐξέραμα, is thus not from the lxx; the Venet. is not connected with this N.T. citation, but with the lxx, if its accordance with it is not merely accidental. To devour again its vomit is common with the dog.

(Note: Vid., Schulze's Die bibl. Sprichwrter der deutschen Sprache, p. 71f.)

Even so, it is the manner of fools to return again in word and in deed to their past folly (vid., regarding שׁנה with ב of the object. Proverbs 17:9); as an Aram. popular saying has it: the fool always falls back upon his foolish conduct.

(Note: Vid., Wahl's Das Sprichwort der heb.-aram. Literatur, p. 147; Duke's Rabbin. Blumenlese, p. 9.)

He must needs do so, for folly has become to him a second nature; but this "must" ceases when once a divine light shines forth upon him. The lxx has after Proverbs 26:11 a distich which is literally the same as Sir. 4:21.

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passeth

Proverbs 17:11 An evil man seeks only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

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 strifes...

meddleth or is enraged

Cross References
Proverbs 3:30
Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm.

Proverbs 26:18
Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death

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