beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.
Context / meaning
Proverbs 17 [10.] A rebuke enters deeper into one who has understanding
than a hundred lashes into a fool.
An evil man seeks only rebellion;
therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
Let a bear robbed of her cubs meet a man,
rather than a fool in his folly.
Whoever rewards evil for good,
evil shall not depart from his house.
The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam,
therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.
Proverbs 17 [15.] He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous,
both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom,
since he has no understanding?
A friend loves at all times;
and a brother is born for adversity.
A man void of understanding strikes hands,
and becomes collateral in the presence of his neighbor.
He who loves disobedience loves strife.