(Proverbs 26:17 KJV) He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
This is a bit confusing to me. I am not an animal person but there have been a few dogs in my life. One of the things you do in showing affection is to ruffle a dogs ears. Yet here we are warned about it. In my investigation I looked up the word “takes” (2388) which in the English is a simple word. The Hebrew definition had 25 different nuances and variations. All of them seemed to indicate forceful grabbing. That seems to be the key.
There is a difference between an affectionate touch on the cheek and a vicious slap. The recipient knows and the deliverer knows. It is no secret what the intention is. This is not saying, “Never touch a dog.” It is telling us to be gentle and not push in where we are not wanted.
So? People know your intentions. Make sure they are pure.