Proverbs 26:20
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King James Version
Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
Without wood is fire going out, And without a tale-bearer, contention ceaseth,

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King James Translators' Notes

Where no...: Heb. Without wood

talebearer: or, whisperer

ceaseth: Heb. is silent

Geneva Study Bible

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.Proverbs 26:20 Parallel Commentaries

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We Shall not be Curious in the Ranking of the Duties in which Christian Love...
We shall not be curious in the ranking of the duties in which Christian love should exercise itself. All the commandments of the second table are but branches of it: they might be reduced all to the works of righteousness and of mercy. But truly these are interwoven through other. Though mercy uses to be restricted to the showing of compassion upon men in misery, yet there is a righteousness in that mercy, and there is mercy in the most part of the acts of righteousness, as in not judging rashly,
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
James 3:5
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

Leviticus 19:16
Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.

Proverbs 16:28
A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Proverbs 22:10
Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

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