Proverbs 14:29
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New International Version
Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

New Living Translation
People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.

English Standard Version
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

New American Standard Bible
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.

King James Bible
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A patient person shows great understanding, but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness.

International Standard Version
Being slow to get angry compares to great understanding as being quick-tempered compares to stupidity.

NET Bible
The one who is slow to anger has great understanding, but the one who has a quick temper exalts folly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that is patient is very wise and he that is impatient, very foolish.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person of great understanding is patient, but a short temper is the height of stupidity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that is slow to wrath is of great intelligence, but he that is short of spirit exalts folly.

King James 2000 Bible
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.

American King James Version
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.

American Standard Version
He that is slow to anger is of great understanding; But he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that is patient, is governed with much wisdom: but he that is impatient, exalteth his folly.

Darby Bible Translation
He that is slow to anger is of great understanding; but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

English Revised Version
He that is slow to anger is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

World English Bible
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a quick temper displays folly.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is slow to anger is of great understanding, And whoso is short in temper is exalting folly.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:18. Sin is the shame of sinners; but wisdom is the honour of the wise. 19. Even bad men acknowledge the excellency of God's people. 20. Friendship in the world is governed by self-interest. It is good to have God our Friend; he will not desert us. 21. To despise a man for his employment or appearance is a sin. 22. How wisely those consult their own interest, who not only do good, but devise it! 23. Labour of the head, or of the hand, will turn to some good account. But if men's religion runs all out in talk and noise, they will come to nothing. 24. The riches of men of wisdom and piety enlarge their usefulness. 25. An upright man will venture the displeasure of the greatest, to bring truth to light. 26,27. Those who fear the Lord so as to obey and serve him, have a strong ground of confidence, and will be preserved. Let us seek to this Fountain of life, that we may escape the snares of death. 28. Let all that wish well to the kingdom of Christ, do what they can, that many may be added to his church. 29. A mild, patient man is one that learns of Christ, who is Wisdom itself. Unbridled passion is folly made known. 30. An upright, contented, and benevolent mind, tends to health. 31. To oppress the poor is to reproach our Creator. 32. The wicked man has his soul forced from him; he dies in his sins, under the guilt and power of them. But godly men, though they have pain and some dread of death, have the blessed hope, which God, who cannot lie, has given them. 33. Wisdom possesses the heart, and thus regulates the affections and tempers. 34. Piety and holiness always promote industry, sobriety, and honesty. 35. The great King who reigns over heaven and earth, will reward faithful servants who honour his gospel by the proper discharge of the duties of their stations: he despises not the services of the lowest.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 29. - He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding. The Hebrew expression for what the Septuagint calls μακροθυμος, "long suffering," and the Vulgate, patiens, is "long in nostrils" (Proverbs 15:18), as the contrary temper, which we had in ver. 17, is "short in nostrils." That organ, into which was breathed the breath of life (Genesis 2:7), is taken as the seat of the inward spirit, and as showing by exterior signs the dominant feeling. The original is very terse, "long in nostrils, great in understanding." A man's prudence and wisdom are displayed by his being slow to take offence and being patient under injury. He that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly; i.e. flaunts it in the eyes of all men, makes plain exposure of it. Septuagint, "He who is short in temper is a mighty fool." "Passion," says an old saw, "makes fools of the wise. and shows the folly of the foolish" (comp. Proverbs 12:23; Proverbs 13:16). The word rendered "exalteth," צּצּצּ (marim), occurs in Proverbs 3:35, and is taken by Delitzsch and Nowack in the sense of "carries away" as the assured result. "By anger," says St. Gregory ('Moral.,' 5:78), "wisdom is parted with, so that we are left wholly in ignorance what to do, and in what order to do it.... Anger withdraws the light of understanding, while by agitating it troubles the mind."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding,.... Or "long in wrath" (e); it is long before he is angry; he is longsuffering, bears much and long, is very patient; such an one appears to understand himself and human nature, and has a great command over his passions; which shows him to be a man of great wisdom and understanding;

but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly; or is "short of spirit" (f); is soon angry; presently discovers resentment in his words, looks, and gestures; such an one "exalts folly", prefers it to wisdom, sets it above himself, and makes it his master: or he "lifts" it (g) up; exposes his folly to public view, so that it is seen of all men to his disgrace.

(e) "longus iris", Vatablus; "longus naribus", Montanus; "longus narium", Schultens. (f) "brevis spiritu", Montanus, Vatblus. Cocceius, Merceus, Michaelis; "curtus spiritu", Schultens. (g) "attollit", Mercerus, Piscator; "alte proclamat", Schultens; "elevat", Baynus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. slow … understanding—(Compare Pr 14:17).

hasty—(Compare Pr 14:17).

exalteth folly—makes it conspicuous, as if delighting to honor it.

Proverbs 14:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Every Wise Woman Builds Her House
28In a multitude of people is a king's glory, But in the dearth of people is a prince's ruin. 29He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly. 30A tranquil heart is life to the body, But passion is rottenness to the bones.…
Cross References
James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

Proverbs 14:28
A large population is a king's glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined.

Proverbs 15:18
A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

Proverbs 16:32
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Proverbs 17:27
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.

Proverbs 19:11
A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.

Ecclesiastes 7:8
The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

Ecclesiastes 7:9
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.
Treasury of Scripture

He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.

slow

Proverbs 14:17 He that is soon angry deals foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.

Proverbs 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules …

Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were on …

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in …

1 Corinthians 13:4,5 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs …

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

James 3:17,18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

but

Proverbs 22:24,25 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man you shall not go…

Proverbs 25:8,28 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest you know not what to do in the …

Ecclesiastes 7:9 Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

Daniel 3:19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage …

Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding …

hasty

Proverbs 4:8 Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, …

Ecclesiastes 10:6 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.

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