Proverbs 16:32
New International Version
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

New Living Translation
Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

English Standard Version
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Berean Study Bible
He who is slow to anger is better than a warrior, and he who controls his temper is greater than one who captures a city.

King James Bible
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

New King James Version
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

New American Standard Bible
One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And one who rules his spirit, than one who captures a city.

NASB 1995
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.

NASB 1977
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.

Amplified Bible
He who is slow to anger is better and more honorable than the mighty [soldier], And he who rules and controls his own spirit, than he who captures a city.

Christian Standard Bible
Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s emotions, than capturing a city.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Patience is better than power, and controlling one's temper, than capturing a city.

American Standard Version
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; And he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A man slow to anger is better than a strong man; and he that governs his temper better than he that takes a city.

Contemporary English Version
Controlling your temper is better than being a hero who captures a city.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The patient man is better than the valiant: and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh cities.

English Revised Version
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Good News Translation
It is better to be patient than powerful. It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Better to get angry slowly than to be a hero. Better to be even-tempered than to capture a city.

International Standard Version
Whoever controls his temper is better than a warrior, and anyone who has control of his spirit is better than someone who captures a city.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; And he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Literal Standard Version
Better [is] the [one] slow to anger than the mighty, "" And the ruler over his spirit than he who is taking a city.

NET Bible
Better to be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior, and one who controls his temper is better than one who captures a city.

New Heart English Bible
One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; one who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.

World English Bible
One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; one who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is the slow to anger than the mighty, And the ruler over his spirit than he who is taking a city.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
The Reply of the Tongue is from the LORD
31Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is attained along the path of righteousness. 32He who is slow to anger is better than a warrior, and he who controls his temper is greater than one who captures a city. 33The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.…

Cross References
James 1:19
My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,

2 Kings 5:12
Are not the Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not have washed in them and been cleansed?" So he turned and went away in a rage.

Proverbs 14:29
A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man promotes folly.

Proverbs 16:31
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is attained along the path of righteousness.

Proverbs 16:33
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.

Proverbs 19:11
A man's insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 25:28
Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who does not control his temper.

Ecclesiastes 7:8
The end of a matter is better than the beginning, and a patient spirit is better than a proud one.


Treasury of Scripture

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city.

that is

Proverbs 14:29
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

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

Proverbs 19:11
The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

and he

Proverbs 16:19
Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Proverbs 25:28
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Romans 12:21
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.









(32) He that is slow to anger. . . .--For victory over self is the hardest of all victories. (Comp. 1Corinthians 9:27.)

Verse 32. - He that is slow to anger (Proverbs 14:29) is better than the mighty. The long suffering, non-irascible man is more of a hero than the valiant commander of a great army. One overcomes external foes or obstacles; the other conquers himself; as it is said, And he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city (Proverbs 25:28). 'Pirke Aboth,' 4:1, "Who is the hero? The man that restrains his thoughts." Maxims about self-mastery are common enough. Says an unknown poet, "Fortior est qui se quam qui fortissima vincit Moenia, nec virtus altius ire potest." So Publ. Syr., 'Sent.,' 795, "Fortior est qui cupiditates suas, quam qui hostes subjicit." And the mediaeval jingle -

"Linguam fraenare
Plus est quam castra domare."
At the end of this verse the Alexandrian Manuscript of the Septuagint, followed by later hands in some other uncials, adds, "and a man having prudence [is better] than a great farm."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
[He who is] slow
אֶ֣רֶךְ (’e·reḵ)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 750: Long

to anger
אַ֭פַּיִם (’ap·pa·yim)
Noun - md
Strong's Hebrew 639: The nose, nostril, the face, a person, ire

[is] better
ט֤וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

than a warrior,
מִגִּבּ֑וֹר (mig·gib·bō·wr)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1368: Powerful, warrior, tyrant

and he who controls
וּמֹשֵׁ֥ל (ū·mō·šêl)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4910: To rule, have dominion, reign

his temper [is greater]
בְּ֝רוּח֗וֹ (bə·rū·ḥōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

than one who captures
מִלֹּכֵ֥ד (mil·lō·ḵêḏ)
Preposition-m | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3920: To catch, to capture, occupy, to choose, to cohere

a city.
עִֽיר׃ (‘îr)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5892: Excitement


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