Proverbs Project: Conflict & Strife

Proverbs related to the theme of Conflict & Strife:

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Proverbs 10:12
12 Hatred stirs up conflict,
but love covers over all wrongs.

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Proverbs 12:16
16 Fools show their annoyance at once,
but the prudent overlook an insult.

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Proverbs 12:20
20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,
but those who promote peace have joy.

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Proverbs 13:10
10 Where there is strife, there is pride,
but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

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Proverbs 15:18
18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict,
but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

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Proverbs 16:28
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.

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Proverbs 17:1
1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.

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Proverbs 17:9
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

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Proverbs 17:13-14
13 Evil will never leave the house
of one who pays back evil for good.
14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

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Proverbs 17:19
19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.

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Proverbs 18:6
The lips of fools bring them strife,
and their mouths invite a beating.

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Proverbs 18:17-19
17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right,
until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
18 Casting the lot settles disputes
and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;
disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

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Proverbs 19:11
11 A person’s wisdom yields patience;
it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

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Proverbs 20:3
It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel.

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Proverbs 20:22
22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”
Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.

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Proverbs 22:10
10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
quarrels and insults are ended.

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Proverbs 23:29-30
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine,
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.

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Proverbs 24:28-29
28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—
would you use your lips to mislead?
29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me;
I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

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Proverbs 25:7c-10
7c What you have seen with your eyes
8    do not bring hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end
if your neighbor puts you to shame?
If you take your neighbor to court,
do not betray another’s confidence,
10 or the one who hears it may shame you
and the charge against you will stand.

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Proverbs 25:21-22
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.

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Proverbs 26:17
17 Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears
is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.

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Proverbs 26:20-21
20 Without wood a fire goes out;
without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.

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Proverbs 30:33
33 For as churning cream produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.

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