Feasting With Strife

Proverbs 17:1  

Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.

According to Nelson’s NKJV Study Bible, “The expression a dry morsel means ‘very little,’ especially in comparison to feasting. But the feasting in this verse is tainted by contention” (note on Proverbs 17:1).

Even if the feasting was part of a sacrificial meal—or perhaps especially then—disputes and anger would prevent enjoyment and lead to harmful stress.

For more about how to avoid strife, see the section on “Relationships: Making Everyday Life Better.” See also our article “Finding Peace of Mind.”

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