Better is the slow to anger than the mighty, And the ruler over his spirit than he who is taking a city.
Proverbs 16:32 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city - It is much easier to subdue an enemy without than one within. There have been many kings who had conquered nations, and yet were slaves to their own passions. Alexander, who conquered the world, was a slave to intemperate anger, and in a fit of it slew Clytus, the best and most intimate of all his friends, and one whom he loved beyond all others.
The spirit of this maxim is so self-evident, that most nations have formed similar proverbs. The classical reader will remember the following in Hor., Odar. lib. ii., Od. 2: -
Latius regnes, avidum domando
Spiritum, quam si Libyam remotis
Gadibus jungas, et uterque Poenus
"By virtue's precepts to control
The furious passions of the soul,
Is over wider realms to reign,
Unenvied monarch, than if Spain\\\ppar You could to distant Libya join,
And both the Carthages were thine."
And the following from Ovid is not less striking: -
Fortior est qui se, quam qui fortissima vincit
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.
Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.
Proverbs 19:11 The discretion of a man defers his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
Psalm 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
Ephesians 5:1 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;
James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Proverbs 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Proverbs 25:28 He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Revelation 3:21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
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