Proverbs 17:1

“Better is a drie morsell, and quietnesse therewith; then an house full of sacrifices with strife.”

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Better [is] a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [with] strife.
- King James Version

Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, Than a house full of feasting with strife.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Better a bit of dry bread in peace, than a house full of feasting and violent behaviour.
- Basic English Bible

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of feasting [with] strife.
- Darby Bible

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness with it, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.
- Webster's Bible

Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.
- World English Bible

Better [is] a dry morsel, and rest with it, Than a house full of the sacrifices of strife.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Better is a dry morsel and quietness therewith, than a house full of feasting with strife.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for Proverbs 17

  • Rejoicing and Crying
    God's gift of Good Humour has often blessed me but there is a time for everything and telling jokes to anyone who is hurting is not Healing we Cry with them Rom12:15 and have understanding and Compassion 1Pet3:8 Rebuking can be needed with others and we may be rejected but it's not Love to see anyone in danger and not warn them Some of God's Guidlines for RebukingV15 above Ez3:18-2Tim4:1-4 Jude22.
  • All Good things Come from God
    Very True JLS God does not tell us to pretend to be Happy when we are hurting as Christians we will be Persecuted just as Jesus and any who followed Him were. Rejoicing Spiritually is having Assurance of Christ within us. We are His Arms Hands Feet and Voice in this Hurting World He tells us to Cry with others to help carry their burdens to have Compassion and to come to Him in Prayer Mat11:28-29.
  • A Laugh a Day keeps the Doctor away
    Humor is a gift that has helped me cope with life even as a Child and I still give out free Percriptions but I'm not sure if Doctors are very impressed Lol. I was Rebuked as a new Christian Eph5:4 so I asked God to help me Clean up my Act. No more unclean jokes, Blond or Irish ones that hurt some, negative ones about Husbands, Wives or Children. Other Humour can be good Medicine that uplifts us.
  • JLS
    Proverbs 17:22 reminds me of how God is near the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him out of them all...the proverb is true. We can not bear a crushed spirit so God delivers us from it. Glory be to God!
  • Jennifer Macamaux
    It says it right there being miserable and scared and anxious and stressed brings on sickness and disease period.
  • I Am that Michael Isaac Dale
    A friend will be corrected by my Holy Father. It is written, The blueness of a wound cleanses away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly. Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beat him with the rod, he shall not die. but Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

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