English Standard Version
The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel 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.
American Standard Version
The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: Therefore leave off contention, before there is quarrelling.
The beginning of quarrels is as when one letteth out water: before he suffereth reproach he forsaketh judgment.
English Revised Version
The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before there be quarrelling.
Webster's Bible Translation
The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore withdraw from contention, before it be meddled with.
Proverbs 17:14 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
8 The gift of bribery appears a jewel to its receiver;
Whitherso'er he turneth himself he acteth prudently.
How 8b is to be understood is shown by 1 Samuel 14:47, cf. Joshua 1:7; the quoque se vertit, prudenter rem agit, has accordingly in both sentences the person meant by בּעליו as subject, not the gift (Hitzig), of which ישׂכּיל, "it maketh prosperous," is not said, for השׂכּיל means, used only of persons, prudent, and therefore successful, fortunate conduct. Such is said of him who has to give (Luther): he presses through with it whithersoever he turns. But the making of בּעיני the subj. does not accord with this: this means gift to one who has to give, appears to open doors and hearts, not merely as a golden key, it is truly such to him. Thus בעליו, as at Proverbs 3:27, will be meant of him to whom the present is brought, or to whom a claim thereto is given. But שׂחד means here not the gift of seasonable liberality (Zckler), but, as always, the gift of bribery, i.e., a gift by which one seeks to purchase for himself (Proverbs 17:23) preference on the part of a judge, or to mitigate the displeasure of a high lord (Proverbs 21:14); here (for one does not let it depend merely on the faithfulness of another to his duty) it is that by which one seeks to secure an advantage to himself. The proverb expresses a fact of experience. The gift of bribery, to which, as to a well-known approved means, השּׂחד, refers, appears to him who receives and accepts it (Targ.) as a stone of pleasantness, a charming, precious stone, a jewel (Juwl from joie equals gaudium); it determines and impels him to apply all his understanding, in order that he may reach the goal for which it shall be his reward. What he at first regarded as difficult, yea, impossible, that he now prudently carries out, and brings to a successful conclusion, wherever he turns himself, overcoming the seemingly insurmountable hindrances; for the enticement of the gift lifts him, as with a charm, above himself, for covetousness is a characteristic feature of human nature - pecuniae obediunt omnia (Ecclesiastes 10:19, Vulg.).
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
1 Thessalonians 4:11
and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.
do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame?
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