Proverbs 20:3

3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.

Read Proverbs 20:3 Using Other Translations

It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.
Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.

What does Proverbs 20:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 20:3

[It is] an honour for a man to cease from strife
As Abraham did, ( Genesis 13:7 Genesis 13:8 ) ; when engaged in a quarrel with his neighbour, or in a lawsuit, or in a religious controversy, especially when he finds he is in the wrong; and indeed, if he is in the right, when he perceives it is like to issue in no good, and is only about words to no profit, it is an honour to drop it; but every fool will be meddling;
with things he has no concern in, or is not equal to; yet will carry on the debate, though it is to his disgrace; see ( Proverbs 17:14 ) .

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