To start a conflict is to release a flood; stop the dispute before it breaks out.
A fool's lips lead to strife, and his mouth provokes a beating.
For the churning of milk produces butter, and twisting a nose draws blood, and stirring up anger produces strife.
Then Abner said to Joab, "Let's have the young men get up and compete in front of us." "Let them get up," Joab replied.
So they got up and were counted off-- 12 for Benjamin and Ish-bosheth son of Saul, and 12 from David's soldiers.
Then each man grabbed his opponent by the head and [thrust] his sword into his opponent's side so that they all died together. So this place, which is in Gibeon, is named Field of Blades.
Amaziah then sent messengers to Jehoash son of Jehoahaz, son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, "Come, let us meet face to face."
King Jehoash of Israel sent [word] to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, "The thistle that was in Lebanon once sent [a message] to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, 'Give your daughter to my son as a wife.' Then a wild animal that was in Lebanon passed by and trampled the thistle.
You have indeed defeated Edom, and you have become overconfident. Enjoy your glory and stay at home. Why should you stir up such trouble that you fall-- you and Judah with you?"
But Amaziah would not listen, so King Jehoash of Israel advanced. He and King Amaziah of Judah faced off at Beth-shemesh that belongs to Judah.
Judah was routed before Israel, and [Judah's men] fled, each to his own tent.
"Or what king, going to war against another king, will not first sit down and decide if he is able with 10,000 to oppose the one who comes against him with 20,000?
If not, while the other is still far off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority. My people love it like this. But what will you do at the end of it?
Reach a settlement quickly with your adversary while you're on the way with him, or your adversary will hand you over to the judge, the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison.