Proverbs 21:14
New International Version
A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.

New Living Translation
A secret gift calms anger; a bribe under the table pacifies fury.

English Standard Version
A gift in secret averts anger, and a concealed bribe, strong wrath.

Berean Study Bible
A gift in secret soothes anger, and a covert bribe pacifies great wrath.

King James Bible
A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

New King James Version
A gift in secret pacifies anger, And a bribe behind the back, strong wrath.

New American Standard Bible
A gift in secret subdues anger, And a bribe in an inside pocket, strong wrath.

NASB 1995
A gift in secret subdues anger, And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.

NASB 1977
A gift in secret subdues anger, And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.

Amplified Bible
A gift in secret subdues anger, And a bribe [hidden] in the pocket, strong wrath.

Christian Standard Bible
A secret gift soothes anger, and a covert bribe, fierce rage.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A secret gift soothes anger, and a covert bribe, fierce rage.

American Standard Version
A gift in secret pacifieth anger; And a present in the bosom, strong wrath.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A gift in secret removes wrath and he that spares giving arouses anger.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A secret gift calms anger: but he that forbears to give stirs up strong wrath.

Contemporary English Version
A secret bribe will save you from someone's fierce anger.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A secret present quencheth anger: and a gift in the bosom the greatest wrath.

English Revised Version
A gift in secret pacifieth anger, and a present in the bosom strong wrath.

Good News Translation
If someone is angry with you, a gift given secretly will calm him down.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A gift [given] in secret calms anger, and a secret bribe calms great fury.

International Standard Version
Privately given gifts pacify wrath, and payments made secretly appease great anger.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A gift in secret pacifieth anger, And a present in the bosom strong wrath.

Literal Standard Version
A gift in secret pacifies anger, "" And a bribe in the bosom—strong fury.

NET Bible
A gift given in secret subdues anger, and a bribe given secretly subdues strong wrath.

New Heart English Bible
A gift in secret pacifies anger; and a bribe in the cloak, strong wrath.

World English Bible
A gift in secret pacifies anger; and a bribe in the cloak, strong wrath.

Young's Literal Translation
A gift in secret pacifieth anger, And a bribe in the bosom strong fury.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The King's Heart
13Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too shall cry out and receive no answer. 14A gift in secret soothes anger, and a covert bribe pacifies great wrath. 15Justice executed is a joy to the righteous, but a terror to the workers of iniquity.…

Cross References
Proverbs 17:8
A bribe is a charm to its giver; wherever he turns, he succeeds.

Proverbs 18:16
A man's gift opens doors for him, and brings him before great men.

Proverbs 19:6
Many seek the favor of the prince, and everyone is a friend of the gift giver.


Treasury of Scripture

A gift in secret pacifies anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

gift

Proverbs 21:17,8,23
He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich…

Proverbs 18:16
A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

Proverbs 19:6
Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.

in secret

Matthew 6:3,4
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: …









(14) A gift in secret.--Comp. Abigail and David (1Samuel 25:18).

Verse 14. - A gift in secret pacifieth anger. We have had above various maxims about bribes and presents; e.g. Proverbs 17:8, 23; Proverbs 18:16. The word translated "pacifieth" is from the ἅπαξ λεγόμενον verb כֵפָה, "to turn away," "avert." Septuagint, ἀνατρέπει; Vulgate, extinguit; Venetian, κάμψει. A gift offered secretly to one incensed, whether personal enemy, judge, or prince, averts the consequences of the offence. The next hemistich is parallel in meaning. And a reward (present) in the bosom strong wrath. A present kept handy in the bosom of the petitioner's garment, ready to be transferred at a fitting moment, as experience proves, calms the most violent wrath. Septuagint, "He that is sparing of gifts amuses strong wrath."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
A gift
מַתָּ֣ן (mat·tān)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4976: A present

in secret
בַּ֭סֵּתֶר (bas·sê·ṯer)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5643: A covering, hiding place, secrecy

soothes
יִכְפֶּה־ (yiḵ·peh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3711: To bend, to tame, subdue

anger,
אָ֑ף (’āp̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 639: The nose, nostril, the face, a person, ire

and a covert
בַּ֝חֵ֗ק (ba·ḥêq)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2436: The bosom

bribe
וְשֹׁ֥חַד (wə·šō·ḥaḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7810: A present, bribe

[pacifies] great
עַזָּֽה׃ (‘az·zāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5794: Strong, vehement, harsh

wrath.
חֵמָ֥ה (ḥê·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2534: Heat, anger, poison


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