Proverbs 26:17

“He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

He that passeth by, and medleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the eares.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{Like} one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by {and} meddles with strife not belonging to him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He that passeth by, `and' vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, Is `like' one that taketh a dog by the ears.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He who gets mixed up in a fight which is not his business, is like one who takes a dog by the ears while it is going by.
- Basic English Bible

He that passing by vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, is [like] one that taketh a dog by the ears.
- Darby Bible

He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
- Webster's Bible

Like one who grabs a dog's ears is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.
- World English Bible

Laying hold on the ears of a dog, [Is] a passer-by making himself wrath for strife not his own.
- Youngs Literal Bible

He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife not his own, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 26:17


26:17 He - Who is going upon the way. With strife - In which he is not concerned, nor any way obliged to meddle. That taketh - Exposes himself to needless hazard.


Discussion for Proverbs 26:17

  • Timothy Wayne George for verse 17
    We must be careful not to meddle in the affairs of others, as it is like catching a dog by the ears, and suffering wrath. It is better to wait until you are asked to give an opinion on a matter, than to bud in without being asked to. The scripture tells us to study to be quiet, and to do your own business. When we do this we reap the peace that comes with trusting in God to work out our business to our good. When we take care of God's business first, he takes care of ours. Being a witness for Christ should be our first concern, and not bringing reproach upon the name of Christ.

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