Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

Like one who takes a dog by the ears
Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.

King James Version

He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

Holman Bible

A person who is passing by and meddles in a quarrel that’s not his
is like one who grabs a dog by the ears.

International Standard Version

Picking up a dog by the ears that's what someone is like who meddles in another's fight.

A Conservative Version

He who passes by, [and] meddles with strife not his, [is like] he who takes a dog by the ears.

American Standard Version

He that passeth by, and vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, Is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

Amplified


Like one who grabs a dog by the ears [and is likely to be bitten]
Is he who, passing by, stops to meddle with a dispute that is none of his business.

Bible in Basic English

He who gets mixed up in a fight which is not his business, is like one who takes a dog by the ears while it is going by.

Darby Translation

He that passing by vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

Julia Smith Translation

Laying hold upon the ears of a dog, he passing by overflowing upon strife not to him.

King James 2000

He that passes by, and meddles with a quarrel not belonging to him, is like one that takes a dog by the ears.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Grabbing onto the ears of a dog passing by [is] one who meddles in a quarrel [that is] not his own.

Modern King James verseion

He who passes by enraging himself over strife not his own is like one who takes a dog by the ears,

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Whoso goeth by and meddleth with other men's strife, he is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

NET Bible

Like one who grabs a wild dog by the ears, so is the person passing by who becomes furious over a quarrel not his own.

New Heart English Bible

Like one who grabs a dog's ears is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.

The Emphasized Bible

As he who layeth hold of the ears of a dog, is a passer-by, who giveth vent to his wrath over a quarrel, not his!

Webster

He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

World English Bible

Like one who grabs a dog's ears is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.

Youngs Literal Translation

Laying hold on the ears of a dog, Is a passer-by making himself wrath for strife not his own.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
He that passeth by
עבר 
`abar 
over, pass, through, pass by, go, away, pass on,
Usage: 557

and meddleth
עבר 
`abar 
over, pass, through, pass by, go, away, pass on,
Usage: 557

with strife
רב ריב 
Riyb 
Usage: 60

a dog
כּלב 
Keleb 
dog
Usage: 32

References

Fausets

Hastings

Dog

Watsons

Dog

Context Readings

All About Fools

16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
Than seven men who can give a discreet answer.
17 Like one who takes a dog by the ears
Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.
18 Like a madman who throws
Firebrands, arrows and death,



Cross References

Proverbs 17:11

A rebellious man seeks only evil,
So a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

Proverbs 18:6

A fool’s lips bring strife,
And his mouth calls for blows.

Proverbs 20:3

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

Luke 12:14

But He said to him, Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?”

2 Timothy 2:23-24

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

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