Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, contention ceases.

New American Standard Bible

For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.

King James Version

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Holman Bible

Without wood, fire goes out;
without a gossip, conflict dies down.

International Standard Version

Without wood, the fire goes out. Without a gossip, contention stops.

American Standard Version

For lack of wood the fire goeth out; And where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth.

Amplified


For lack of wood the fire goes out,
And where there is no whisperer [who gossips], contention quiets down.

Bible in Basic English

Without wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no secret talk, argument is ended.

Darby Translation

Where no wood is, the fire goeth out; and where there is no talebearer, the contention ceaseth.

Julia Smith Translation

In the ceasing of wood, fire will go out: and in not being a tale-bearer, strife will subside.

King James 2000

Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.

Lexham Expanded Bible

For lack of wood, a fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling will cease.

Modern King James verseion

Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, the fighting ceases.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out; and where the backbiter is taken away, there the strife ceaseth.

NET Bible

Where there is no wood, a fire goes out, and where there is no gossip, contention ceases.

New Heart English Bible

Without wood a fire goes out. Without gossip, contention ceases.

The Emphasized Bible

Without wood a fire is quenched, and, where there is no tattler, strife is hushed.

Webster

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no tale-bearer, the strife ceaseth.

World English Bible

For lack of wood a fire goes out. Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.

Youngs Literal Translation

Without wood is fire going out, And without a tale-bearer, contention ceaseth,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
Where no
אפס 
'ephec 
ends, no, none, not, nothing, without, else, beside, but, cause, howbeit, .
Usage: 43

is, there the fire
אשׁ 
'esh 
Usage: 378

כּבה 
Kabah 
Usage: 24

נרגּן 
Nirgan 
Usage: 4

the strife
מדון 
Madown 
Usage: 11

Images Proverbs 26:20

Context Readings

All About Fools

19 so is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, Am I not in sport? 20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, contention ceases. 21 [As] coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to inflame strife.



Cross References

Proverbs 16:28

A perverse man scatters abroad strife, and a whisperer separates chief friends.

Proverbs 22:10

Cast out the scoffer, and contention will go out, yea, strife and reproach will cease.

James 3:6

And the tongue is a fire, the world of unrighteousness. Thus, the tongue is made to lead among our body-parts, defiling the whole body, and setting the cycle of nature on fire, and being set on fire by hell.

Proverbs 26:22

The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts.

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