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Proverbs 20:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarrelling.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [It is] an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [It is] an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— It is an honour for a man to cease from strife; but every fool rusheth into it.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Honour, hath the man who sitteth away from strife, but, any fool, may break through.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— An honour to a man is cessation from strife, And every fool intermeddleth.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— It is an honour for a man to separate himself from quarrels: but all fools are meddling with reproaches.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— [It is] an honour for a man to cease from strife: but euery foole will be medling.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [It is] a glory to a man to turn aside from railing; but every fool is entangled with such matters.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [It is] an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[It is] an honour 3519
{3519} Prime
From H3513; properly weight; but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness.
for a man 376
{0376} Prime
Contracted for H0582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation.).
to cease 7674
{7674} Prime
From H7673; rest, interruption, cessation.
from strife: 7379
{7379} Prime
From H7378; a contest (personal or legal).
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
but every x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
fool 191
{0191} Prime
From an unused root (meaning to be perverse); (figuratively) silly.
will be meddling. 1566
{1566} Prime
A primitive root; to be obstinate.
<8691> Grammar
Stem - Hithpael (See H8819)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 533
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 20:3

_ _ to cease from strife — or, better, “to dwell from or without strife,” denoting the habit of life.

_ _ fool ... meddling — (Proverbs 17:14).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 20:3

_ _ This is designed to rectify men's mistakes concerning strife. 1. Men think it is their wisdom to engage in quarrels; whereas it is the greatest folly that can be. He thinks himself a wise man that is quick in resenting affronts, that stands upon every nicety of honour and right, and will not abate an ace of either, that prescribes, and imposes, and gives law, to every body; but he that thus meddles is a fool, and creates a great deal of needless vexation to himself. 2. Men think, when they are engaged in quarrels, that it would be a shame to them to go back and let fall the weapon; whereas really it is an honour for a man to cease from strife, an honour to withdraw an action, to drop a controversy, to forgive an injury, and to be friends with those that we have fallen out with. It is the honour of a man, a wise man, a man of spirit, to show the command he has of himself by ceasing from strife, yielding, and stooping, and receding from his just demands, for peace-sake, as Abraham, the better man, Genesis 13:8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 20:3

Meddling — Is always ready to begin strife, and obstinate in the continuance of it.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 14:29 [He that is] slow to wrath [is] of great understanding: but [he that is] hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
Proverbs 16:32 [He that is] slow to anger [is] better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife [is as] when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
Proverbs 19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and [it is] his glory to pass over a transgression.
Proverbs 25:8-10 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest [thou know not] what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame. ... Lest he that heareth [it] put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
Ephesians 1:6-8 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. ... Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;


Proverbs 14:17 [He that is] soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
Proverbs 18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
Proverbs 21:24 Proud [and] haughty scorner [is] his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
2 Kings 14:9 And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that [was] in Lebanon sent to the cedar that [was] in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that [was] in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.
James 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
James 4:1 From whence [come] wars and fightings among you? [come they] not hence, [even] of your lusts that war in your members?
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2K 14:9. Pv 14:17, 29; 16:32; 17:14; 18:6; 19:11; 21:24; 25:8. Ep 1:6; 4:32; 5:1. Jm 3:14; 4:1.

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