Proverbs 17:1
New International Version
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.

New Living Translation
Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.

English Standard Version
Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.

Berean Study Bible
Better a dry morsel in quietness than a house full of feasting with strife.

King James Bible
Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

New King James Version
Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife.

New American Standard Bible
Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.

NASB 1995
Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.

NASB 1977
Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.

Amplified Bible
Better is a dry morsel [of food served] with quietness and peace Than a house full of feasting [served] with strife and contention.

Christian Standard Bible
Better a dry crust with peace than a house full of feasting with strife.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Better a dry crust with peace than a house full of feasting with strife.

American Standard Version
Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, Than a house full of feasting with strife.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Dry bread in quietness is better than a house full of the sacrifices of judgment.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Better is a morsel with pleasure in peace, than a house full of many good things and unjust sacrifices, with strife.

Contemporary English Version
A dry crust of bread eaten in peace and quiet is better than a feast eaten where everyone argues.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is a dry morsel with joy, than a house full of victims with strife.

English Revised Version
Better is a dry morsel and quietness therewith, than an house full of feasting with strife.

Good News Translation
Better to eat a dry crust of bread with peace of mind than have a banquet in a house full of trouble.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better a bite of dry bread [eaten] in peace than a family feast filled with strife.

International Standard Version
Dry crumbs in peace are better than a full meal with strife.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Better is a dry morsel and quietness therewith, Than a house full of feasting with strife.

Literal Standard Version
Better [is] a dry morsel, and rest with it, Than a house full of the sacrifices of strife.

NET Bible
Better is a dry crust of bread where there is quietness than a house full of feasting with strife.

New Heart English Bible
Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.

World English Bible
Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is a dry morsel, and rest with it, Than a house full of the sacrifices of strife.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Better a Dry Morsel in Quietness
1Better a dry morsel in quietness than a house full of feasting with strife. 2A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and share his inheritance as one of the brothers.…

Cross References
Proverbs 15:17
Better a dish of vegetables where there is love than a fattened ox with hatred.

Proverbs 17:2
A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son and share his inheritance as one of the brothers.


Treasury of Scripture

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

an house

Proverbs 7:14
I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.

sacrifices

Proverbs 21:9,19
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house…









XVII.

(1) A house full of sacrifices.--Possibly the same as the "peace offerings" of Proverbs 7:14 (where see note). The consumption of these may have at times degenerated into licence (comp. 1Samuel 1:13), and quarrelling have ensued.

Verse 1. - (Comp, Proverbs 15:16, 17; Proverbs 16:8.) Better (sweeter) is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith. Dry bread was soaked in wine or water before it was eaten. Thus Boaz bid Ruth "dip her morsel in the vinegar" (Ruth 2:14); thus Jesus gave the sop to Judas when he had dipped it (John 13:26). The Septuagint is pleonastic, "Better is a morsel with joy in peace." Aben Ezra connects this verse with the last two of ch. 16, confining the application to the patient man; but the sentence seems rather to be independent and general. Than an house full of sacrifices with strife. Of the thank or peace offerings part only was burnt upon the altar, the rest was eaten by the offerer and his family; and as the victims were always the choicest animals, "a house full of sacrifices" would contain the materials for sumptuous feasting (see on Proverbs 7:4). The joyous family festival often degenerated into excess, which naturally led to quarrels and strife (see 1 Samuel 1:5, 6, 13; 1 Samuel 2:13, etc.). So the agapae of the early Church were desecrated by licence and selfishness (1 Corinthians 11:20, etc.). Septuagint, "than a house full of many good things and unrighteous victims with contention." With this verse compare the Spanish proverb, "Mas vale un pedazo de pan con amor, que gallinas con dolor."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Better
ט֤וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

a dry
חֲ֭רֵבָה (ḥă·rê·ḇāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 2720: Parched, ruined

morsel
פַּ֣ת (paṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6595: Fragment, bit, morsel

in quietness
וְשַׁלְוָה־ (wə·šal·wāh-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7962: Quietness, ease

than a house
מִ֝בַּ֗יִת (mib·ba·yiṯ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1004: A house

full of
מָלֵ֥א (mā·lê)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 4392: Full, filling, fulness, fully

feasting
זִבְחֵי־ (ziḇ·ḥê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 2077: A slaughter, the flesh of an animal, a sacrifice

with strife.
רִֽיב׃ (rîḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7379: Strife, dispute


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