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Proverbs on Resolving Conflict

Counting the cost of conflict in relationships.

Prov 17:1, “Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.”

Prov 21:9, “It is better to live in a corner of the housetop 
than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.”

Prov 18:19, “A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city
and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.”

Prov 6:16-19, “There are six things that the Lord hates,
 seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
 and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans,
 feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies,
 and one who sows discord among brothers.”

Prov 17:14, “The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.”


Identifying causes of conflict in relationships.

Gossip Prov 16:28, “He who repeats a matter separates close friends.”

Greed. Prov 28:25, “A greedy man stirs up strife.”

Pride Prov 13:1, “By insolence comes nothing but strife.”

Impatience. Prov 15:18, “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife.”


Resolving conflicts in relationships.

Prov 19:11, “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”

Prov 11:12, “Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense but a man of understanding remains silent.”

Prov 14:9, “Fools mock at the guilt offering but the upright enjoy acceptance.”

Prov 17:9, “Whoever covers an offense seeks love but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.”


Triumph over evil with good by the power of gospel.

Prov 25:21-22, “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap-burning coals on his head and the Lord will reward you.”