Proverbs 20:3
Context
Wine is a Mocker

1Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived thereby is not wise. 2The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own soul. 3It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. 4The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. 5Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. 6Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? 7The just man walks in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. 8A king that sits in the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes. 9Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? 10Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD. 11Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. 12The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD has made even both of them. 13Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread. 14It is naught, it is naught, said the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasts. 15There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 16Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman. 17Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. 18Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war. 19He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flatters with his lips. 20Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. 21An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed. 22Say not you, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save you. 23Divers weights are an abomination to the LORD; and a false balance is not good. 24Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way? 25It is a snare to the man who devours that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry. 26A wise king scatters the wicked, and brings the wheel over them. 27The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. 28Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upheld by mercy. 29The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head. 30The blueness of a wound cleans away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
Cross References
Genesis 13:7
And there was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram's cattle and the herdsmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.


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


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


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 exalts folly.

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

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

Proverbs 25:8-10 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...

Ephesians 1:6-8 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved...

Ephesians 4:32 And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.

Ephesians 5:1 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;

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

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

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

2 Kings 14:9 And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying...

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

James 4:1 From where come wars and fights among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

Strong's Concordance
[It is] an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
Topical Bible
Aloof Avoid Cease Cessation Fighting Fool Foolish Honor Honour Intermeddleth Keeping Meddling Quarrel Quarreling Quarrelling Quick Rusheth Snarling Strife War
Resources
Proverbs Chapter 20 Verse 3

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OT Poetry: Proverbs 20:3 It is an honor for a man (Prov. Pro Pr)
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