Proverbs 15:1
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English Standard Version
A soft 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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

30 A quiet heart is the life of the body,

     But covetousness is rottenness in the bones.

Heart, soul, flesh, is the O.T. trichotomy, Psalm 84:3; Psalm 16:9; the heart is the innermost region of the life, where all the rays of the bodily and the soul-life concentrate, and whence they again unfold themselves. The state of the heart, i.e., of the central, spiritual, soul-inwardness of the man, exerts therefore on all sides a constraining influence on the bodily life, in the relation to the heart the surrounding life. Regarding לב מרפּא, vid., at Proverbs 12:18. Thus is styled the quiet heart, which in its symmetrical harmony is like a calm and clear water-mirror, neither interrupted by the affections, nor broken through or secretly stirred by passion. By the close connection in which the corporeal life of man stands to the moral-religious determination of his intellectual and mediately his soul-life - this threefold life is as that of one personality, essentially one - the body has in such quiet of spirit the best means of preserving the life which furthers the well-being, and co-operates to the calming of all its disquietude; on the contrary, passion, whether it rage or move itself in stillness, is like the disease in the bones (Proverbs 12:4), which works onward till it breaks asunder the framework of the body, and with it the life of the body. The plur. בּשׂרים occurs only here; Bttcher, 695, says that it denotes the whole body; but בּשׂר also does not denote the half, בשׂרים is the surrogate of an abstr.: the body, i.e., the bodily life in the totality of its functions, and in the entire manifoldness of its relations. Ewald translates bodies, but בשׂר signifies not the body, but its material, the animated matter; rather cf. the Arab. âbshâr, "corporeal, human nature," but which (leaving out of view that this plur. belongs to a later period of the language) has the parallelism against it. Regarding קנאה (jealousy, zeal, envy, anger) Schultens is right: affectus inflammans aestuque indignationis fervidus, from קנא, Arab. ḳanâ, to be high red.

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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 trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

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, and passed over against the children of Ammon...

1 Samuel 25:10,11,21,22 And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse...

2 Samuel 19:43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than you...

1 Kings 12:13-16 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him...

Cross References
Judges 8:1
Then the men of Ephraim said to him, "What is this that you have done to us, not to call us when you went to fight against Midian?" And they accused him fiercely.

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

1 Kings 12:7
And they said to him, "If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them, and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever."

2 Chronicles 10:7
And they said to him, "If you will be good to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever."

Proverbs 15:18
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

Proverbs 25:15
With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.

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