Proverbs 25:8
New International Version
do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?

New Living Translation
don’t be in a hurry to go to court. For what will you do in the end if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat?

English Standard Version
do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame?

Berean Study Bible
do not go out to argue in haste. Otherwise, what will you do in the end when your opponent puts you to shame?

New American Standard Bible
Do not go out hastily to argue your case; Otherwise, what will you do in the end, When your neighbor humiliates you?

King James Bible
Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.

Christian Standard Bible
Don't take a matter to court hastily. Otherwise, what will you do afterward if your opponent humiliates you?

Contemporary English Version
before you sue someone, or you might lose your case and be embarrassed.

Good News Translation
Don't be too quick to go to court about something you have seen. If another witness later proves you wrong, what will you do then?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't take a matter to court hastily. Otherwise, what will you do afterward if your opponent humiliates you?

International Standard Version
don't be in a hurry to argue in court. Otherwise, what will you do later on when your neighbor humiliates you?

NET Bible
Do not go out hastily to litigation, or what will you do afterward when your neighbor puts you to shame?

New Heart English Bible
Do not be hasty in bringing charges to court. What will you do in the end when your neighbor shames you?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not go out for anything hastily, lest when you bring a lawsuit, your friend will revile you at the end.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not be in a hurry to go to court. What will you do in the end if your neighbor disgraces you?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.

New American Standard 1977
Do not go out hastily to argue your case; Otherwise, what will you do in the end, When your neighbor puts you to shame?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not go forth hastily to strive lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof when thy neighbour has put thee to shame.

King James 2000 Bible
Go not forth hastily to court, lest you know not what to do in the end, when your neighbor has put you to shame.

American King James Version
Go not forth hastily to strive, lest you know not what to do in the end thereof, when your neighbor has put you to shame.

American Standard Version
Go not forth hastily to strive, Lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, When thy neighbor hath put thee to shame.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Get not suddenly into a quarrel, lest thou repent at last.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The things which thy eyes have seen, utter not hastily in a quarrel: lest after- ward thou mayst not be able to make amends, when thou hast dishonoured thy friend.

Darby Bible Translation
Go not forth hastily to strive, lest [thou know not] what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.

English Revised Version
Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.

Webster's Bible Translation
Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbor hath put thee to shame.

World English Bible
Don't be hasty in bringing charges to court. What will you do in the end when your neighbor shames you?

Young's Literal Translation
Go not forth to strive, haste, turn, What dost thou in its latter end, When thy neighbour causeth thee to blush?
Study Bible
More Proverbs of Solomon
7for it is better that he says to you, “Come up here!” than demote you in the presence of the prince. Even what you have seen with your own eyes, 8do not go out to argue in haste. Otherwise, what will you do in the end when your opponent puts you to shame? 9Argue your case with your neighbor without betraying another’s confidence,…
Cross References
Matthew 5:25
Reconcile quickly with your adversary, while you are still on the way to court. Otherwise he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.

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

Treasury of Scripture

Go not forth hastily to strive, lest you know not what to do in the end thereof, when your neighbor has put you to shame.

hastily

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

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

Proverbs 30:33
Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

what

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Jeremiah 5:31
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Matthew 5:25
Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.







Lexicon
do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

go out
תֵּצֵ֥א (tê·ṣê)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

to argue
לָרִ֗ב (lā·riḇ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7378: To toss, grapple, to wrangle, controversy, to defend

in haste.
מַ֫הֵ֥ר (ma·hêr)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 4118: Hastening, speedy, swift

Otherwise,
פֶּ֣ן (pen)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 6435: Removal, lest

what
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

will you do
תַּ֭עֲשֶׂה (ta·‘ă·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

in the end
בְּאַחֲרִיתָ֑הּ (bə·’a·ḥă·rî·ṯāh)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 319: The last, end, the future, posterity

when your opponent
רֵעֶֽךָ׃ (rê·‘e·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7453: Friend, companion, fellow

puts you to shame?
בְּהַכְלִ֖ים (bə·haḵ·lîm)
Preposition-b | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3637: To wound, to taunt, insult
(8) When thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.--Proved thee to be in the wrong, and won his cause against thee.

Verse 8. - A tristich with no parallelism. Go not forth hastily to strive. The idea is either of one entering into litigation with undue haste, or of one hurrying to meet an adversary. St. Jerome, taking in the final words of the previous verse, renders, Quae viderunt oculi tui, ne proferas in jurgio cito, "What thine eyes have seen reveal not hastily in a quarrel." This is like Ver. 9 below, and Christ's injunction, "If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone" (Matthew 18:15). Lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof. The Hebrew is elliptical, "Lest by chance (פֶן) thou do something (bad, humiliating) in the end thereof." But Delitzsch, Nowack, and others consider the sentence as interrogative (as 1 Samuel 20:19), and translate, "That it may not be said in the end thereof, What wilt thou do?" Either way, the warning comes to this - Do not enter hastily upon strife of any kind, lest thou be utterly at a loss what to do. When thy neighbour hath put thee to shame, by putting thee in the wrong, gaining his cause, or getting the victory over thee in some way. Septuagint, "Fall not quickly into a contest, lest thou repent at the last." There is an English proverb, "Anger begins with folly and ends with repentance;" and "Haste is the beginning of wrath, its end is repentance." 25:1-3 God needs not search into any thing; nothing can be hid from him. But it is the honour of rulers to search out matters, to bring to light hidden works of darkness. 4,5. For a prince to suppress vice, and reform his people, is the best way to support his government. 6,7. Religion teaches us humility and self-denial. He who has seen the glory of the Lord in Christ Jesus, will feel his own unworthiness. 8-10. To be hasty in beginning strife, will bring into difficulties. War must at length end, and might better be prevented. It is so in private quarrels; do all thou canst to settle the matter. 11,12. A word of counsel, or reproof, rightly spoken, is especially beautiful, as fine fruit becomes still more beautiful in silver baskets. 13. See what ought to be the aim of him that is trusted with any business; to be faithful. A faithful minister, Christ's messenger, should be thus acceptable to us. 14. He who pretends to have received or given that which he never had, is like the morning cloud, that disappoints those who look for rain. 15. Be patient to bear a present hurt. Be mild to speak without passion; for persuasive language is the most effectual to prevail over the hardened mind. 16. God has given us leave to use grateful things, but we are cautioned against excess.
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