Prov. 20:3; 26:17; 17:14. 

AESOI tells us that Hercules, walking one day, 

Found a strange looking animal in the roadway. 

As it raised its head, and was threatening him, 

He aimed it a blow from his club with vim, 

Thinking to pass on, nor be troubled more; 

But the creature grew larger than before. 

He dealt it fierce blows, but his wondering eyes 

Saw the monster increasing ever in size. 

As harder and quicker the strokes he lay, 

It more frightful grew, and filled all the way. 

Then Pallas appeared, and in gentle tone, 

Said, "You will do well to let that alone. 

If you value your peace, or even your life, 

Cease your blows, for the monster's name is 



  "The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with."

Proverbs 17:14