Proverbs 29:11
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New International Version
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.

New Living Translation
Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.

English Standard Version
A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

New American Standard Bible
A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back.

King James Bible
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man holds it in check.

International Standard Version
The fool vents all his feelings, but the wise person keeps them to himself.

NET Bible
A fool lets fly with all his temper, but a wise person keeps it back.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The fool expresses all his anger and the wise thinks with his mind.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A fool expresses all his emotions, but a wise person controls them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The fool gives full rein to his spirit, but the wise man in the end will bring it into rest.

King James 2000 Bible
A fool utters all his mind: but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards.

American King James Version
A fool utters all his mind: but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards.

American Standard Version
A fool uttereth all his anger; But a wise man keepeth it back and stilleth it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A fool uttereth all his mind: a wise man deferreth, and keepeth it till afterwards.

Darby Bible Translation
A fool uttereth all his mind; but a wise [man] keepeth it back.

English Revised Version
A fool uttereth all his anger: but a wise man keepeth it back and stilleth it.

Webster's Bible Translation
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

World English Bible
A fool vents all of his anger, but a wise man brings himself under control.

Young's Literal Translation
A fool bringeth out all his mind, And the wise till afterwards restraineth it.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

29:11. He is a fool who tells every thing he knows, and can keep no counsel. 12. One who loves flatterers, and hearkens to slanderers, causes his servants to become liars and false accusers. 13. Some are poor, others have a great deal of deceitful riches. They meet in the business of this world; the Lord gives to both the comforts of this life. To some of both sorts he gives his grace. 14. The rich will look to themselves, but the poor and needy the prince must defend and plead for. 15. Parents must consider the benefit of due correction, and the mischief of undue indulgence. 16. Let not the righteous have their faith and hope shocked by the increase of sin and sinners, but let them wait with patience. 17. Children must not be suffered to go without rebuke when they do amiss. 18. How bare does a place look without Bibles and ministers! and what an easy prey is it to the enemy of souls! That gospel is an open vision, which holds forth Christ, which humbles the sinner and exalts the Saviour, which promotes holiness in the life and conversation: and these are precious truths to keep the soul alive, and prevent it from perishing.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - A fool uttereth all his mind; his spirit; רוּחו, i.e. "his anger;" θυμόν, Septuagint (comp. Proverbs 16:32). The wording of the second hemistich confirms this rendering. A fool pours out his wrath, restrained by no consideration. It is a wise maxim that says, "Command your temper, lest it command you;" and again, "When passion enters in at the foregate, wisdom goes out at the postern." So we have the word attributed to Evenus Parius -

Πολλάκις ἀνθρώπων ὀργὴ νόον ἐξεκάλυψε
Κρυπτόμενον μανίας πουλὺ χερειότερον.

"Wrath often hath revealed man's hidden mind,
Than madness more pernicious."
A wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. This clause is capable of more than one explanation. The Authorized Version says that the wise man restrains his own anger till he can give it proper vent. The term בְּאָחור occurs nowhere else, and is rendered "at last," "finally," and by Delitzsch, "within," i.e. in his heart. The verb rendered "keepeth in" (shabach) is rather "to calm," "to hush," as in Psalm 65:7; Psalm 89:10, "Which stilleth the noise of the seas." So we have the meaning: The wise man calms the auger within him; according to the proverb, Irae dilatio, mentis pacatio. Or the anger calmed may be that of the fool: The wise man appeases it after it has been exhibited; he knows how to apply soothing remedies to the angry man, and in the end renders him calm and amenable to reason. This seems the most suitable explanation. Septuagint, "A wise man husbands it (ταμιεύεται) in part."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A fool uttereth all his mind,.... At once; tells all he knows, all that is in his breast; whatever he thinks, and all that he intends to do; what or whom he loves or hates. Or, "a fool brings out all his wrath"; so the Targum, Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions: he cannot restrain it, nor hide it; it breaks out at once, even all of it, and is soon known, as in Proverbs 12:16;

but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards; reserves his mind, and thoughts, and designs, to himself; and does not discover them until a proper opportunity offers, when to disclose them is most to advantage; or he restrains his wrath and anger, defers showing it to a proper time, when it may answer a better purpose, and he may do it without sin.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. (Compare Pr 12:16; 16:32).

mind—or, "spirit," for anger or any ill passion which the righteous restrain.

Proverbs 29:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
10Men of bloodshed hate the blameless, But the upright are concerned for his life. 11A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back. 12If a ruler pays attention to falsehood, All his ministers become wicked.…
Cross References
Proverbs 12:16
Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

Proverbs 12:23
The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool's heart blurts out folly.

Proverbs 14:33
Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known.

Proverbs 19:11
A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.
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A fool utters all his mind: but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards.

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