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Proverbs 25:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Go not forth hastily to strive, Lest [thou know not] what to do in the end thereof, When thy neighbor hath put thee to shame.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— 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.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Do not go out hastily to argue [your case]; Otherwise, what will you do in the end, When your neighbor humiliates you?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Go not forth hastily to strive, lest [thou know not] what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbor hath put thee to shame.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— 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.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Do not go forth to strive in haste,—lest [thou know not] what to do in the latter end thereof, when thy neighbour, hath put thee to shame.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Go not forth to strive, haste, turn, What dost thou in its latter end, When thy neighbour causeth thee to blush?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The things which thy eyes have seen, utter not hastily in a quarrel: lest afterward thou mayst not be able to make amends, when thou hast dishonoured thy friend.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Goe not forth hastily to striue, lest [thou know not] what to doe in the ende thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Get not suddenly into a quarrel, lest thou repent at last.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— 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.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Go not forth 3318
{3318} Prime
A primitive root; to go (causatively bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proximate.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
(0408) Complement
A negative particle (akin to H3808); not (the qualified negation, used as a deprecative); once (Job 24:25) as a noun, nothing.
hastily 4118
{4118} Prime
From H4116; properly hurrying; hence (adverbially) in a hurry.
to strive, 7378
{7378} Prime
A primitive root; properly to toss, that is, grapple; mostly figuratively to wrangle, that is, hold a controversy; (by implication) to defend.
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
lest x6435
(6435) Complement
From H6437; properly removal; used only (in the constructive) adverbially as conjugation lest.
[thou know not] what x4100
(4100) Complement
A primitive particle; properly interrogitive what? (including how?, why? and when?); but also exclamations like what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjugational senses.
to do 6213
{6213} Prime
A primitive root; to do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
in the end 319
{0319} Prime
From H0310; the last or end, hence the future; also posterity.
thereof, when thy neighbour 7453
{7453} Prime
From H7462; an associate (more or less close).
hath put thee to shame. 3637
{3637} Prime
A primitive root; properly to wound; but only figuratively, to taunt or insult.
<8687> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 1162
(0853) Complement
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 25:8

_ _ (Compare Proverbs 3:30).

_ _ lest ... shame — lest you do what you ought not, when shamed by defeat, or “lest thou art shut out from doing any thing.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 25:8-10

_ _ I. Here is good counsel given about going to law: — 1. “Be not hasty in bringing an action, before thou hast thyself considered it, and consulted with thy friends about it: Go not forth hastily to strive; do not send for a writ in a passion, or upon the first appearance of right on thy side, but weigh the matter deliberately, because we are apt to be partial in our own cause; consider the certainty of the expenses and the uncertainty of the success, how much care and vexation it will be the occasion of, and, after all, the cause may go against thee; surely then thou shouldst not go forth hastily to strive.” 2. “Bring not an action before thou hast tried to end the matter amicably (Proverbs 25:9): Debate thy cause with thy neighbour privately, and perhaps you will understand one another better and see that there is no occasion to go to law.” In public quarrels the war that must at length end might better have been prevented by a treaty of peace, and a great deal of blood and treasure spared. It is so in private quarrels: “Sue not thy neighbour as a heathen man and a publican until thou hast told him his fault between thee and him alone, and he has refused to refer the matter, or to come to an accommodation. Perhaps the matter in variance is a secret, not fit to be divulged to any, much less to be brought upon the stage before the country; and therefore end it privately, that it may not be discovered.” Reveal not the secret of another, so some read it. “Do not, in revenge, to disgrace thy adversary, disclose that which should be kept private and which does not at all belong to the cause.”

_ _ II. Two reasons he gives why we should be thus cautious in going to law: — 1. “Because otherwise the cause will be in danger of going against thee, and thou wilt not know what to do when the defendant has justified himself in what thou didst charge upon him, and made it out that thy complaint was frivolous and vexatious and that thou hadst no just cause of action, and so put thee to shame, non-suit thee, and force thee to pay costs, all which might have been prevented by a little consideration.” 2. “Because it will turn very much to thy reproach if thou fall under the character of being litigious. Not only the defendant himself (Proverbs 25:8), but he that hears the cause tried will put thee to shame, will expose thee as a man of no principle, and thy infamy will not turn away; thou wilt never retrieve thy reputation.”

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife [is as] when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
Proverbs 18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
Proverbs 30:33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.
2 Samuel 2:14-16 And Abner said to Joab, Let the young men now arise, and play before us. And Joab said, Let them arise. ... And they caught every one his fellow by the head, and [thrust] his sword in his fellow's side; so they fell down together: wherefore that place was called Helkathhazzurim, which [is] in Gibeon.
2 Samuel 2:26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?
2 Kings 14:8-12 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look one another in the face. ... And Judah was put to the worse before Israel; and they fled every man to their tents.
Luke 14:31-32 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? ... Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.


Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love [to have it] so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
Matthew 5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
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2S 2:14, 26. 2K 14:8. Pv 14:12; 17:14; 18:6; 30:33. Jr 5:31. Mt 5:25. Lk 14:31.

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