Proverbs 15:1
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New International Version
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

New Living Translation
A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.

English Standard Version
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

New American Standard Bible
A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

King James Bible
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.

International Standard Version
A gentle response diverts anger, but a harsh statement incites fury.

NET Bible
A gentle response turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A soft word turns away anger and a hard word arouses wrath.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A gentle answer turns away rage, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.

King James 2000 Bible
A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

American King James Version
A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

American Standard Version
A soft answer turneth away wrath; But a grievous word stirreth up anger.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A mild answer breaketh wrath: but a harsh word stirreth up fury.

Darby Bible Translation
A soft answer turneth away fury; but a grievous word stirreth up anger.

English Revised Version
A SOFT answer turneth away wrath: but a grievous word stirreth up anger.

Webster's Bible Translation
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

World English Bible
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Young's Literal Translation
A soft answer turneth back fury, And a grievous word raiseth up anger.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:1 A right cause will be better pleaded with meekness than with passion. Nothing stirs up anger like grievous words. 2. He that has knowledge, is to use it aright, for the good of others.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - A soft answer turneth away wrath. Two things are here to be observed: an answer should be given - the injured person should not wrap himself in sullen silence; and that answer should be gentle and conciliatory. This is tersely put in a mediaeval rhyme -

"Frangitur ira gravis
Quando est respensio suavis."


"Anger, however great,
Is checked by answer sweet."
Septuagint, "A submissive (ὑποπίπτουσα) answer averteth wrath." Thus Abigail quelled the excessive anger of David by her judicious submission (1 Samuel 25:24, etc.). But grievous words stir up anger. A word that causes vexation makes anger rise the higher.

Ὁργῆς ματαίας εἰσὶν αἰτιοι λόγοι.

"Of empty anger words are oft the cause."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A soft answer turneth away wrath,.... Mild words, gentle expressions, delivered with kindness and tenderness, humility and submission; these will work upon a man's passions, weaken his resentments, and break and scatter the storm of wrath raised in his breast, just breaking forth in a very boisterous and blustering manner; so high winds are sometimes laid by soft showers. Thus the Ephraimites were pacified by Gideon's mild answer; and David by Abigail's very submissive and respectful address, Judges 8:1;

but grievous words stir up anger; such as are rough and menacing, scornful and sneering, reproachful and reviling, proud, haughty, and overbearing; like those of Jephthah to the Ephraimites; and of the Ephraimites to the Gileadites; and of Nabal to David's servants, concerning him; and of Rehoboam, who answered the people roughly: in all which instances anger was stirred up, and either were or like to have been attended with bad consequences, Judges 12:1. Or a "word" causing, or rather expressing, "grief" (r); upbraiding others with being the cause of grief to them.

(r) "verbum vel sermo doloris", Montanus, Vatablus, Michaelis; vid. Gussetius, p. 177.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 15

Pr 15:1-33.

1. soft—tender or gentle.

turneth … wrath—from any one.

stir up—as a smouldering fire is excited.

Proverbs 15:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
1A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. 2The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly.…
Cross References
Judges 8:1
Now the Ephraimites asked Gideon, "Why have you treated us like this? Why didn't you call us when you went to fight Midian?" And they challenged him vigorously.

1 Samuel 25:10
Nabal answered David's servants, "Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? Many servants are breaking away from their masters these days.

1 Kings 12:7
They replied, "If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants."

2 Chronicles 10:7
They replied, "If you will be kind to these people and please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants."

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

Proverbs 25:15
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
Treasury of Scripture

A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

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

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strifes: but love covers all sins.

Proverbs 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirs up strife: but he that puts his …

Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.

Judges 12:3-6 And when I saw that you delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, …

1 Samuel 25:10,11,21,22 And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and …

2 Samuel 19:43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have …

1 Kings 12:13-16 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's …

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