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.
Darby Bible Translation
The beginning of contention is as when one letteth out water; therefore leave off strife before it become vehement.
World English Bible
The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The figure is taken from the great tank or reservoir upon which Eastern cities often depended for their supply of water. The beginning of strife is compared to the first crack in the mound of such a reservoir. At first a few drops ooze out, but after a time the whole mass of waters pour themselves forth with fury, and it is hard to set limits to the destruction which they cause.
Before it be meddled with - literally, "before it rolls, or rushes forward."
LibraryThe Unrivalled Friend
A sermon (No. 899) delivered on Lord's Day morning, November 7th, 1869, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."--Proverbs 17:17. There is one thing about the usefulness of which all men are agreed, namely, friendship; but most men are soon aware that counterfeits of friendship are common as autumn leaves. Few men enjoy from others the highest and truest form of friendship. The friendships of this world are …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
The Raising of the Young Man of Nain - the Meeting of Life and Death.
1 Thessalonians 4:11
and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you,
Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.
Do not go out hastily to argue your case; Otherwise, what will you do in the end, When your neighbor humiliates you?
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