Proverbs 17:14

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

If a dam is breached, can you control the flood or stop the flowing water at will? Usually not, for the water will breach and collapse the dam, and the flood will have unimagined and out of control destructive consequences. A quarrel can be the same way, for once we start, so much is immediately out of our control, no matter how smart we might think we are. Unintended consequences start breaking out; sometimes in places we wouldn’t have suspected… a minor little quarrel becomes a complete disaster. A wise person knows this and avoids starting it; an overconfident person thinks he can control events and goes ahead anyway: A fool starts a quarrel without even thinking.


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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9 Responses to Proverbs 17:14

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Dang it. Guilty as charged. Nice job Don I think

  2. The Bible says that we should put it first in our lives (Matt. 6:33) and that we should be preaching it to others (Luke 9:2). We pray for God’s kingdom to come on a regular basis, but if someone were to ask us: “Please, explain to me exactly what the Kingdom of God is”, would we know what to say? Read more:

  3. juddconnell says:

    A great reminder! Thanks for writing.

  4. Pingback: Starting a Quarrel | The Crusty Old Sailor Speaks

  5. One dam thing leads to another, and you,d best be a great swimmer!

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