14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
    so (A)quit before the quarrel breaks out.

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It is an honor for a man to (A)keep aloof from strife,
    but every fool will be quarreling.

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    (A)do not hastily bring into court,[a]
for[b] what will you do in the end,
    when your neighbor puts you to shame?

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 25:8 Or presence of a noble, as your eyes have seen. 8Do not go hastily out to court
  2. Proverbs 25:8 Hebrew or else

12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:12 Greek to eat their own bread

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