Proverbs 15:1
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New International Version
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.

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

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A soft answer - Gentleness will often disarm the most furious, where positive derangement has not taken place; one angry word will always beget another, for the disposition of one spirit always begets its own likeness in another: thus kindness produces kindness, and rage produces rage. Universal experience confirms this proverb.

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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...

Library
God, the All-Seeing One
A sermon (No. 177) delivered on Sabbath morning, February 14, 1858 At The Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens by C. H. Spurgeon. "Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?" -- Proverbs 15:11. You have often smiled at the ignorance of heathens who bow themselves before gods of wood and stone. You have quoted the words of Scripture and you have said, "Eyes have they, but they see not; ears have they, but they hear not." You have therefore argued that
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

How the Humble and the Haughty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 18.) Differently to be admonished are the humble and the haughty. To the former it is to be insinuated how true is that excellence which they hold in hoping for it; to the latter it is to be intimated how that temporal glory is as nothing which even when embracing it they hold not. Let the humble hear how eternal are the things that they long for, how transitory the things which they despise; let the haughty hear how transitory are the things they court, how eternal the things they
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

An Exposition on the First Ten Chapters of Genesis, and Part of the Eleventh
An unfinished commentary on the Bible, found among the author's papers after his death, in his own handwriting; and published in 1691, by Charles Doe, in a folio volume of the works of John Bunyan. ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR Being in company with an enlightened society of Protestant dissenters of the Baptist denomination, I observed to a doctor of divinity, who was advancing towards his seventieth year, that my time had been delightfully engaged with John Bunyan's commentary on Genesis. "What,"
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

Solomon
In the reign of David and Solomon, Israel became strong among the nations and had many opportunities to wield a mighty influence in behalf of truth and the right. The name of Jehovah was exalted and held in honor, and the purpose for which the Israelites had been established in the Land of Promise bade fair of meeting with fulfillment. Barriers were broken down, and seekers after truth from the lands of the heathen were not turned away unsatisfied. Conversions took place, and the church of God on
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

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.

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