Proverbs 20:3
New International Version
It is to one's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.

New Living Translation
Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.

English Standard Version
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.

Berean Study Bible
It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, but any fool will quarrel.

New American Standard Bible
Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.

New King James Version
It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel.

King James Bible
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Christian Standard Bible
Honor belongs to the person who ends a dispute, but any fool can get himself into a quarrel.

Contemporary English Version
It makes you look good when you avoid a fight--only fools love to quarrel.

Good News Translation
Any fool can start arguments; the honorable thing is to stay out of them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, but any fool can get himself into a quarrel.

International Standard Version
Avoiding strife brings a man honor, but every fool is quarrelsome.

NET Bible
It is an honor for a person to cease from strife, but every fool quarrels.

New Heart English Bible
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; but every fool will be quarreling.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It is the glory of a man whenever he separates a dispute, and every fool mocks it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Avoiding a quarrel is honorable. After all, any stubborn fool can start a fight.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be snarling.

New American Standard 1977
Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife, but every fool will be meddling.

King James 2000 Bible
It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

American King James Version
It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

American Standard Version
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarrelling.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
It is a glory to a man to turn aside from railing; but every fool is entangled with such matters.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is an honour for a man to separate himself from quarrels: but all fools are meddling with reproaches.

Darby Bible Translation
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife; but every fool rusheth into it.

English Revised Version
It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife: but every fool will be quarrelling.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

World English Bible
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; but every fool will be quarreling.

Young's Literal Translation
An honour to a man is cessation from strife, And every fool intermeddleth.
Study Bible
Wine is a Mocker
2The terror of a king is like the roar of a lion; whoever provokes him forfeits his own life. 3It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, but any fool will quarrel. 4The slacker does not plow in season; at harvest time he looks, but nothing is there.…
Cross References
Genesis 13:7
And there was discord between the herdsmen of Abram and the herdsmen of Lot. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were also living in the land.

Genesis 13:8
So Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be no contention between you and me, or between your herdsmen and my herdsmen. After all, we are brothers.

Proverbs 17:14
To start a quarrel is to release a flood; so abandon the dispute before it breaks out.

Treasury of Scripture

It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

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Proverbs 14:29
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

Proverbs 16:32
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Proverbs 17:14
The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

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Proverbs 14:17
He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

Proverbs 18:6
A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

Proverbs 21:24
Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.







Lexicon
It is honorable
כָּב֣וֹד (kā·ḇō·wḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3519: Weight, splendor, copiousness

for a man
לָ֭אִישׁ (lā·’îš)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

to resolve
שֶׁ֣בֶת (še·ḇeṯ)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7674: Rest, interruption, cessation

a dispute,
מֵרִ֑יב (mê·rîḇ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7379: Strife, dispute

but any
וְכָל־ (wə·ḵāl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

fool
אֱ֝וִ֗יל (’ĕ·wîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 191: Foolish

will quarrel.
יִתְגַּלָּֽע׃ (yiṯ·gal·lā‘)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1566: To expose, lay bare
(3) But every fool.--Self-willed person. (Comp. Proverbs 1:22.)

Will be meddling.--Or, rather, shewing his teeth: (Comp. Proverbs 17:14) thinking that his own personal dignity is at stake.

Verse 3. - It is an honour to a man to cease from strife; or better, as Delitzsch and others, to remain far from strife. A prudent man will not only abstain from causing quarrel, but will hold himself aloof from all contention, and thus will have due care for his own honour and dignity. How different is this from the modern cede, which makes a man's honour consist in his readiness to avenge fancied injury at the risk of his own or his neighbour's life! Septuagint, "It is a glory to a man to hold himself aloof from revilings." Every fool will be meddling (see on Proverbs 17:14; 18:1). Delitzsch, "Whoever is a fool showeth his teeth," finds pleasure in strife. Septuagint, "Every fool involves himself in such," as in ver. 1. 20:1 It seems hard to believe that men of the greatest abilities, as well as the ignorant, should render themselves fools and madmen, merely for the taste or excitement produced by strong liquors. 2. How formidable kings are to those who provoke them! how much more foolish then is it to provoke the King of kings! 3. To engage in quarrels is the greatest folly that can be. Yield, and even give up just demands, for peace' sake. 4. He who labours and endures hardship in his seed-time for eternity, will be properly diligent as to his earthly business.
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