Proverbs 26:17
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New International Version
Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.

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.

Darby Bible Translation
He that passing by vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, is [like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.

World English Bible
Like one who grabs a dog's ears is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.

Young's Literal Translation
Laying hold on the ears of a dog, Is a passer-by making himself wrath for strife not his own.

Proverbs 26:17 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He that passeth by - This proverb stands true ninety-nine times out of a hundred, where people meddle with domestic broils, or differences between men and their wives.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

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One Lion Two Lions no Lion at All
A sermon (No. 1670) delivered on Thursday Evening, June 8th, 1882, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets."--Proverbs 22:13. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets."--Proverbs 26:13. This slothful man seems to cherish that one dread of his about the lions, as if it were his favorite aversion and he felt it to be too much trouble to invent another excuse.
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

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

Proverbs 26:16
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