What level of disagreement is “intermeddleth” (quarrels NASB) (1566)?
There is another word in Proverbs for quarreling. It means to strive or dispute. This one means to have your ideas exposed. The idea is that when you talk stupid it is clear to others that what you say it stupid. Perhaps a better translation would be “knocks his head”. It seems that you might put this together with the last verse of the previous chapter.
(Proverbs 17:28 KJV) Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.How often have I felt like I needed to put in my two cents worth, uttered some inane tidbit and realized that it wasn’t even worth two cents? By wanting to be included I exclude myself.
So? Wisdom is wise because it is the product of experience and a knowledge of the truth. We need to think twice before we try to add to it. And as I write this I am planning to post on a blog. Go figure.