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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Proverbs 26:20

 

 

For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down.

Adam Clarke Commentary

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out - The tale-receiver and the tale-bearer are the agents of discord. If none received the slander in the first instance, it could not be propagated. Hence our proverb, "The receiver is as bad as the thief." And our laws treat them equally; for the receiver of stolen goods, knowing them to be stolen, is hanged, as well as he who stole them.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:20". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/proverbs-26.html. 1832.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

"For lack of wood the fire goeth out; And where there is no whisperer contention ceaseth. As coals are to hot embers, and wood is to fire, So is a contentious man to inflame strife. The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts."

Malicious gossip is the subject here. Many a dangerous quarrel has been fed and encouraged by talebearers and gossips who, as we might say, added fuel to the fire.

Proverbs 26:22 here is identical with Proverbs 18:8. See the comment there.

The last six verses of this chapter are labeled, "Hypocritical Words."[10] All of them deal with false and deceitful speech.


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:20". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/proverbs-26.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out,.... Or "woods"F8באפס עצים "deficientibus lignis", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "in deficientia lignorum", Michaelis; "quum expirarunt ligna", Schultens. ; where there is a large quantity of wood or fuel, the fire is kept up; but where there is little, scarce any or none at all, it goes out of course;

So where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth; or is silentF9ישתק "silebit", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "silet", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "consilescit", Cocceius, Schultens. : men cease to quarrel one with another; they hold their peace and are silent, when there are none to bring tales from one to another, or any whisperer or backbiter to suggest evil things of each other; or when such are discouraged on both sides, and their tales are not listened to; or when they are detected and thrust out of doors, as they deserve, then strife subsides, and peace ensues. Contention is like a fire, the flame of which is blown up by talebearers and whisperers, who are as incendiaries, and as such are to be treated.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:20". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/proverbs-26.html. 1999.

Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

There now follow proverbs regarding the nirgân , the slanderer ( vid ., regarding the formation and import of this word at Proverbs 26:28):

20 Where the wood faileth, the fire goeth out;

And where no tale-bearer, discord cometh to silence.

Wood, as material for building or for burning, is called, with the plur. of its product, עצים . Since אפס is the absolute end of a thing, and thus expresses its no longer existing, so it was more appropriate to wood (Fleischer: consumtis lignis ) than to the tale-bearer, of whom the proverb says the same thing as Proverbs 22:10 says of the mocker.


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Keil, Carl Friedrich & Delitzsch, Franz. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:20". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/kdo/proverbs-26.html. 1854-1889.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where [there is] no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Ver. 20. Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out.] Lignis ignis conservatur. So is strife by evil tongues; these are the devil’s bellows and boutefeaus. "Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble, your breath as fire shall devour you." [Isaiah 33:11] Such is the breath of tale bearers. A curfew bell would do well for these incendiaries, that else may "set on fire the whole course of nature." [James 3:6] {See Trapp on "Proverbs 16:28"}


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:20". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/proverbs-26.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Tale-bearer, to carry such reports from one to another as may provoke them to mutual rage and strife.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Proverbs 26:20". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/proverbs-26.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

20. No wood is — No more wood, that is, when wood fails.

Talebearer — A tattler, whisperer, or garrulous person.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:20". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/proverbs-26.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Faileth. Hebrew, Symmachus, Calmet, "aboundeth, the fire is bright, or flourisheth" (Septuagint) (Haydock)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:20". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/proverbs-26.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

Where no wood is, (there) the fire goeth out; so where (there is) no talebearer, the strife ceaseth (Proverbs 16:28; Proverbs 18:8; Proverbs 22:10). A "talebearer," or 'whisperer,' secretly traduces his neighbour, makes statements which either he or some one else has invented, reveals what ought not to be told, tells it to some one to whom especially he ought not, and repeats words in a different sense from that in which they were originally spoken.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:20". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/proverbs-26.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
Where no wood is
Heb. Without wood. so.
22; 16:28; 22:10; James 3:6
tale-bearer
or, whisperer. ceaseth. Heb. is silent.

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Proverbs 26:20". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/proverbs-26.html.

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