14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

Read Proverbs 17:14 Using Other Translations

The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out.