English Standard Version
For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.
King James Bible
Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
American Standard Version
For lack of wood the fire goeth out; And where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth.
When the wood faileth, the fire shall go out: and when the talebearer is taken away, contentions shall cease.
English Revised Version
For lack of wood the fire goeth out: and where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth.
Webster's Bible Translation
Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no tale-bearer, the strife ceaseth.
Proverbs 26:20 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
14 The door turneth on its hinges,
And the sluggard on his bed.
The comparison is clear. The door turns itself on its hinges, on which it hangs, in and out, without passing beyond the narrow space of its motion; so is the fool on his bed, where he turns himself from the one side to the other. He is called עצל, because he is fast glued to the place where he is (Arab. 'azila), and cannot be free (contrast of the active, cf. Arab. ḥafyf, moving nimbly, agilis). But the door offers itself as a comparison, because the diligent goes out by it to begin his work without (Proverbs 24:27; Psalm 104:23), while the sluggard rolls himself about on his bed. The hook, the hinge, on which the door is moved, called ציר, from צוּר, to turn,
(Note: The Arab. verb signifies radically: to turn, like the Persian verbs kashatn and kardydan, and like our "werden" to grow, turn, accords with vertere (Fleischer).)
has thus the name of הסּוב.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
where no wood is or without wood
tale-bearer or whisperer is silent
So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!
You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD.
A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.
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