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.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Love Will Grow Cold” (Matthew 24:12-13).