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Proverbs 17:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, Than a house full of feasting with strife.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness with it, than a house full of sacrifices [with] strife.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of feasting [with] strife.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Better a dry morsel, and peace therewith, than a house full of contentious sacrifices.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Better [is] a dry morsel, and rest with it, Than a house full of the sacrifices of strife.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Better is a dry morsel with joy, than a house full of victims with strife.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Better [is] a drie morsell, and quietnesse therewith; then an house full of sacrifices [with] strife.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Better is a morsel with pleasure in peace, than a house [full] of many good things and unjust sacrifices, with strife.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Better 2896
{2896} Prime
טוֹב
towb
{tobe}
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
[is] a dry 2720
{2720} Prime
חָרֵב
chareb
{khaw-rabe'}
From H2717; parched or ruined.
morsel, 6595
{6595} Prime
פַּת
path
{path}
From H6626; a bit.
and quietness 7962
{7962} Prime
שַׁלְוָה
shalvah
{shal-vaw'}
From H7951; security (genuine or false).
therewith, than an house 1004
{1004} Prime
בַּיִת
bayith
{bah'-yith}
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
full 4392
{4392} Prime
מָלֵא
male'
{maw-lay'}
From H4390; full (literally or figuratively) or filling (literally); also (concretely) fulness; adverbially fully.
of sacrifices 2077
{2077} Prime
זֶבַח
zebach
{zeh'-bakh}
From H2076; properly a slaughter, that is, the flesh of an animal; by implication a sacrifice (the victim or the act).
[with] strife. 7379
{7379} Prime
רִיב
riyb
{reeb}
From H7378; a contest (personal or legal).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 17:1

_ _ sacrifices — or, “feasts” made with part of them (compare Proverbs 7:14; Leviticus 2:3; Leviticus 7:31).

_ _ with — literally, “of.”

_ _ strife — its product, or attendant.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 17:1

_ _ These words recommend family-love and peace, as conducing very much to the comfort of human life. 1. Those that live in unity and quietness, not only free from jealousies and animosities, but vying in mutual endearments, and obliging to one another, live very comfortably, though they are low in the world, work hard and fare hard, though they have but each of them a morsel, and that a dry morsel. There may be peace and quietness where there are not three meals a day, provided there by a joint satisfaction in God's providence and a mutual satisfaction in each other's prudence. Holy love may be found in a cottage. 2. Those that live in contention, that are always jarring and brawling, and reflecting upon one another, though they have plenty of dainties, a house full of sacrifices, live uncomfortably; they cannot expect the blessing of God upon them and what they have, nor can they have any true relish of their enjoyments, much less any peace in their own consciences. Love will sweeten a dry morsel, but strife will sour and embitter a house full of sacrifices. A little of the leaven of malice will leaven all the enjoyments.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 17:1

Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness with it, than an house full of (a) sacrifices [with] strife.

(a) For where there were many sacrifices, there were many portions given to the people, with which they feasted.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
a dry:

Proverbs 15:17 Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
Psalms 37:16 A little that a righteous man hath [is] better than the riches of many wicked.

an house:

Proverbs 7:14 [I have] peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.

sacrifices:
or, good cheer

with:

Proverbs 21:9 [It is] better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
Proverbs 21:19 [It is] better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
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