New International Version
Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
King James Bible
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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out - The tale-receiver and the tale-bearer are the agents of discord. If none received the slander in the first instance, it could not be propagated. Hence our proverb, "The receiver is as bad as the thief." And our laws treat them equally; for the receiver of stolen goods, knowing them to be stolen, is hanged, as well as he who stole them.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
where no wood is or without wood
tale-bearer or whisperer is silent
LibraryOne 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
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
"'Do not go about spreading slander among your people. "'Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor's life. I am the LORD.
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.
Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.
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