The Meaning of Proverbs 26:17 Explained

Proverbs 26:17

KJV: He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

YLT: Laying hold on the ears of a dog, Is a passer-by making himself wrath for strife not his own.

Darby: He that passing by vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

ASV: He that passeth by, and vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, Is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

What does Proverbs 26:17 Mean?

Chapter Summary: Proverbs 26

1  observations about fools
13  about sluggards
17  and about contentious busybodies

What do the individual words in Proverbs 26:17 mean?

[Is like] one who takes by the ears A dog He who passes by [and] meddles in a quarrel not his own
מַחֲזִ֥יק בְּאָזְנֵי־ כָ֑לֶב עֹבֵ֥ר מִ֝תְעַבֵּ֗ר עַל־ רִ֥יב לֹּֽא־ לֽוֹ

מַחֲזִ֥יק  [Is  like]  one  who  takes 
Parse: Verb, Hifil, Participle, masculine singular
Root: חָזַק  
Sense: to strengthen, prevail, harden, be strong, become strong, be courageous, be firm, grow firm, be resolute, be sore.
בְּאָזְנֵי־  by  the  ears 
Parse: Preposition-b, Noun, fdc
Root: אֹזֶן  
Sense: ear, as part of the body.
כָ֑לֶב  A  dog 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: כֶּלֶב  
Sense: dog.
עֹבֵ֥ר  He  who  passes  by 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Participle, masculine singular
Root: עָבַר 
Sense: to pass over or by or through, alienate, bring, carry, do away, take, take away, transgress.
מִ֝תְעַבֵּ֗ר  [and]  meddles 
Parse: Verb, Hitpael, Participle, masculine singular
Root: עָבַר 
Sense: to pass over or by or through, alienate, bring, carry, do away, take, take away, transgress.
רִ֥יב  a  quarrel 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: רִיב 
Sense: strife, controversy, dispute.
לֽוֹ  his  own 
Parse: Preposition, third person masculine singular

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