Proverbs 17:14
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New International Version
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.


New American Standard Bible
The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.


King James Bible
The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
To start a conflict is to release a flood; stop the dispute before it breaks out.


International Standard Version
Starting a quarrel is like spilling water— so drop the dispute before it escalates.


American Standard Version
The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: Therefore leave off contention, before there is quarrelling.


Douay-Rheims Bible
The beginning of quarrels is as when one letteth out water: before he suffereth reproach he forsaketh judgment.


Darby Bible Translation
The beginning of contention is as when one letteth out water; therefore leave off strife before it become vehement.


Young's Literal Translation
The beginning of contention is a letting out of waters, And before it is meddled with leave the strife.
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Abandon Beginning Blows Breaching Break Breaks Contention Dam Dispute Drop Fighting Leave Matter Quarrel Quarreling Quarrelling Quit Start Starting Stop Strife Vehement Water Waters Withdraw
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Context
Better a Dry Morsel with Quietness

1Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife. 2A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causes shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brothers. 3The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD tries the hearts. 4A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; and a liar gives ear to a naughty tongue. 5Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished. 6Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. 7Excellent speech becomes not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince. 8A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that has it: wherever it turns, it prospers. 9He that covers a transgression seeks love; but he that repeats a matter separates very friends. 10A reproof enters more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. 11An evil man seeks only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. 12Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly. 13Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. 14The beginning of strife is as when one lets out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. 15He that justifies the wicked, and he that comdemns the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD. 16Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart to it? 17A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. 18A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes surety in the presence of his friend. 19He loves transgression that loves strife: and he that exalts his gate seeks destruction. 20He that has a fraudulent heart finds no good: and he that has a perverse tongue falls into mischief. 21He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool has no joy. 22A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones. 23A wicked man takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. 24Wisdom is before him that has understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth. 25A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bore him. 26Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity. 27He that has knowledge spares his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. 28Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he that shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Cross References
1 Thessalonians 4:11
And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;


Proverbs 20:3
It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.


Proverbs 25:8
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.


Treasury of Scripture

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

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Proverbs 17:19 He loves transgression that loves strife: and he that exalts his gate seeks destruction.

Proverbs 26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.

Judges 12:1-6 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said to Jephthah...

2 Samuel 2:14-17 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise...

2 Samuel 19:41-43 And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to the king, Why have our brothers the men of Judah stolen you away...

2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said...

2 Chronicles 10:14-16 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto...

2 Chronicles 13:17 And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

2 Chronicles 25:17-24 Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come...

2 Chronicles 28:6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men...

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Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride comes contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

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

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

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

Proverbs 19:11 The discretion of a man defers his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

Proverbs 20:3 It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Proverbs 25:8 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.

Genesis 13:8,9 And Abram said to Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray you, between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen...

Judges 8:1-3 And the men of Ephraim said to him, Why have you served us thus, that you called us not, when you went to fight with the Midianites...

Ecclesiastes 7:8,9 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit...

Matthew 5:39-41 But I say to you, That you resist not evil: but whoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also...

Acts 6:1-5 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews...

Acts 15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas...

Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

2 Timothy 2:23,24 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do engender strifes...

James 3:14-18 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth...

Strong's Concordance
The beginning of strife [is as] when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
Topical Bible
Abandon Beginning Blows Breaching Break Breaks Contention Dam Dispute Drop Fighting Leave Letteth Letting Matter Meddled Quarrel Quarreling Quarrelling Quit Start Stop Strife Vehement Waters Withdraw
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Proverbs Chapter 17 Verse 14

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