New American Standard Bible
By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone.
King James Bible
By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
Darby Bible Translation
By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
World English Bible
By patience a ruler is persuaded. A soft tongue breaks the bone.
Young's Literal Translation
By long-suffering is a ruler persuaded, And a soft tongue breaketh a bone.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
A soft tongue - Winning and gentle speech does what it seems at first least capable of doing; it overcomes obstacles which are as bones that the strongest jaws would fail to crush.
A sermon (No. 2866) delivered on Thursday Evening, January 6th, 1876, by C.H. Spurgeon at The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country."--Proverbs 25:25. This is a text for summertime rather than for a winter's evening. It is only on one of our hottest summer days that we could fully appreciate the illustration here employed; we need to be parched with thirst to be able to feel the value of cold waters to quench our thirst. At the same …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
Epistle Xlii. To Eulogius, Patriarch of Alexandria.
The Ninth Commandment
He also commanded them saying, "Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: 'Thus says your servant Jacob, "I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed until now;
1 Samuel 25:24
She fell at his feet and said, "On me alone, my lord, be the blame. And please let your maidservant speak to you, and listen to the words of your maidservant.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
If the ruler's temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.
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