Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

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

King James Version

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

Holman 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.

A Conservative Version

The beginning of strife is [like] letting out water. Therefore leave off contention, before there is quarrelling.

American Standard Version

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

Amplified

The beginning of strife is as when water first trickles [from a crack in a dam]; therefore stop contention before it becomes worse and quarreling breaks out.

Bible in Basic English

The start of fighting is like the letting out of water: so give up before it comes to blows.

Darby Translation

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

Jubilee 2000 Bible

To release the waters (to speak rashly) is the beginning of contention; therefore, leave off strife before it gets started.

Julia Smith Translation

The causing water to break forth. is the beginning of strife: cast off contention before being irritated.

King James 2000

The beginning of strife is like releasing water: therefore leave off contention, before a quarrel starts.

Lexham Expanded Bible

[Like] the release of water [is] the beginning of strife; before it breaks out, stop the quarrel.

Modern King James verseion

The beginning of strife is like letting out water; therefore leave off fighting, before it breaks out.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

He that soweth discord and strife, is like one that diggeth up a water brook; but an open enemy is like the water that breaketh out and runneth abroad.

NET Bible

Starting a quarrel is like letting out water; stop it before strife breaks out!

New Heart English Bible

The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.

The Emphasized Bible

A letting forth of water, is the beginning of strife, therefore, before it breaketh out, abandon, contention.

Webster

The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore withdraw from contention, before it be meddled with.

World English Bible

The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.

Youngs Literal Translation

The beginning of contention is a letting out of waters, And before it is meddled with leave the strife.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
ראשׁית 
Re'shiyth 
Usage: 51

of strife
מדון 
Madown 
Usage: 11

פּטר 
Patar 
Usage: 5

נטשׁ 
Natash 
Usage: 40

רב ריב 
Riyb 
Usage: 60

פּנים 
Paniym 
Usage: 2119

it be meddled
גּלע 
Gala` 
Usage: 3

References

Context Readings

Proverbs Of Solomon

13 He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out. 15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.



Cross References

Proverbs 20:3

Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.

Proverbs 25:8

Do not go out hastily to argue your case; Otherwise, what will you do in the end, When your neighbor humiliates you?

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,

Genesis 13:8-9

So Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers.

Judges 8:1-3

Then the men of Ephraim said to him, "What is this thing you have done to us, not calling us when you went to fight against Midian?" And they contended with him vigorously.

Judges 12:1-6

Then the men of Ephraim were summoned, and they crossed to Zaphon and said to Jephthah, "Why did you cross over to fight against the sons of Ammon without calling us to go with you? We will burn your house down on you."

2 Samuel 2:14-17

Then Abner said to Joab, "Now let the young men arise and hold a contest before us." And Joab said, "Let them arise."

2 Samuel 19:41-22

And behold, all the men of Israel came to the king and said to the king, "Why had our brothers the men of Judah stolen you away, and brought the king and his household and all David's men with him over the Jordan?"

2 Chronicles 10:14-16

He spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, "My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions."

2 Chronicles 13:17

Abijah and his people defeated them with a great slaughter, so that 500,000 chosen men of Israel fell slain.

2 Chronicles 25:17-24

Then Amaziah king of Judah took counsel and sent to Joash the son of Jehoahaz the son of Jehu, the king of Israel, saying, "Come, let us face each other."

2 Chronicles 28:6

For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah 120,000 in one day, all valiant men, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.

Proverbs 13:10

Through insolence comes nothing but strife, But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.

Proverbs 14:29

He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.

Proverbs 15:1

A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 16:32

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.

Proverbs 17:19

He who loves transgression loves strife; He who raises his door seeks destruction.

Proverbs 19:11

A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.

Proverbs 26:21

Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife.

Proverbs 29:22

An angry man stirs up strife, And a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression.

Ecclesiastes 7:8-9

The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.

Matthew 5:39-41

"But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

Acts 6:1-5

Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.

Acts 15:2-21

And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue.

Romans 12:18

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

2 Timothy 2:23-24

But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels.

James 3:14-18

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.

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