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Proverbs 17:14

14  The beginning of strife is like letting out water,

so gquit before the quarrel breaks out.

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Proverbs 17:14 — The New International Version (NIV)

14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;

so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

Proverbs 17:14 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water:

Therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

Proverbs 17:14 — New Living Translation (NLT)

14 Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate,

so stop before a dispute breaks out.

Proverbs 17:14 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water;

Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.

Proverbs 17:14 — New Century Version (NCV)

14 Starting a quarrel is like a leak in a dam,

so stop it before a fight breaks out.

Proverbs 17:14 — American Standard Version (ASV)

14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water:

Therefore leave off contention, before there is quarrelling.

Proverbs 17:14 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

14 The beginning of contention is as when one letteth out water; therefore leave off strife before it become vehement.

Proverbs 17:14 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

14 Starting a quarrel is ⸤like⸥ opening a floodgate, 

so stop before the argument gets out of control. 

Proverbs 17:14 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

14 To start a conflict is to release a flood;

stop the dispute before it breaks out.

Proverbs 17:14 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water;

so stop before the quarrel breaks out.

Proverbs 17:14 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

14 Like the release of water is the beginning of strife;

before it breaks out, stop the quarrel.

Proverbs 17:14 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

14 Starting to argue is like making a crack in a dam.

So drop the matter before a fight breaks out.

Proverbs 17:14 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,

So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.