Proverbs 20:3

It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but euery foole will be medling.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarrelling.
- American Standard Version (1901)

It is an honour for a man to keep from fighting, but the foolish are ever at war.
- Basic English Bible

It is an honour for a man to cease from strife; but every fool rusheth into it.
- Darby Bible

It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
- Webster's Bible

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; but every fool will be quarreling.
- World English Bible

An honour to a man is cessation from strife, And every fool intermeddleth.
- Youngs Literal Bible

It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife; but every fool will be snarling.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 20:3


20:3 Meddling - Is always ready to begin strife, and obstinate in the continuance of it.


Discussion for Proverbs 20

  • BSP
    Verse 22 shows that we need to wait on God to take care of the unjust things that we go through. He is fully aware of all the factors and he knows best how to deal with such things.
  • Nola Brown
    Proverbs 20:24 - I believe it is emphasizing the impossibility of human-being to understand his actions
  • Irene123
    Thank-you for your concern for His truth. I have known for 50 yrs. His name is Jesus - Acts 2:38. It is nice to see others on here.
  • Mr. Smith
    Irene, God HAS HAD mercy on souls. His name is Jesus and his dying for those souls and sending the Holy Spirit. Now it's up to those very souls to have mercy on themselves by accepting that sacrifice and allowing the H.S. to comfort and guide them into the abundance and joy of the Kingdom of God...which, by the way, is already in us. Luke 17:20-21
  • Irene123
    Pro.20:1 - May God have mercy on souls ................
  • Brianna
    Vs. 1 I believe Carolyn hit it on the head. Good point about the first miracle Jesus performed. When in moderation, wine is an enjoyment. However, as with anything, our loving father warns us about over-indulging.

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