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.

New American Standard Bible
A gift in secret subdues anger, And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
A gift in secret pacifies anger, and a bribe in the bosom strong wrath.

King James 2000 Bible
A gift in secret averts anger: and a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.

American King James Version
A gift in secret pacifies anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
A gift in secret pacifieth anger; and a present in the bosom, vehement fury.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom, 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.
Study Bible
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: …







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
(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." 21:9. It is best to shun bitter contention by pouring out the heart before God. For by prudence and patience, with constant prayer, the cross may be removed. 10. The evil desires of a wicked man's heart, lead to baseness in his conduct. 11. The simple may be made wise by punishments on the wicked, and by instructions to those who are willing to be taught. 12. Good men envy not the prosperity of evil-doers; they see there is a curse on them. 13. Such as oppress the poor by beating down wages, such as will not relieve according to their ability those in distress, and those in authority who neglect to do justice, stop their ears at the cry of the poor. But doubtless care is to be used in the exercise of charity. 14. If money can conquer the fury of the passions, shall reason, the fear of God, and the command of Christ, be too weak to bridle them? 15. There is true pleasure only in the practice of religion. 16. Of all wanderers in the ways of sin, those are in the most dangerous condition who turn aside into the ways of darkness. Yet there is hope even for them in the all-sufficient Saviour; but let them flee to him without delay. 17. A life of worldly pleasure brings ruin on men. 18. The righteous is often delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead, and so seems as a ransom for him. 19. Unbridled passions spoil the comfort of all relations. 20. The plenty obtained by prudence, industry, and frugality, is desirable. But the foolish misspend what they have upon their lusts. 21. True repentance and faith will lead him that relies on the mercy of God in Christ, to follow after righteousness and mercy in his own conduct. 22. Those that have wisdom, often do great things, even against those confident of their strength. 23. It is our great concern to keep our souls from being entangled and disquieted. 24. Pride and haughtiness make men passionate; such continually deal in wrath, as if it were their trade to be angry. 25,26. Here is the misery of the slothful; their hands refuse to labour in an honest calling, by which they might get an honest livelihood; yet their hearts cease not to covet riches, pleasures, and honours, which cannot be obtained without labour. But the righteous and industrious have their desires satisfied. 27. When holiness is pretended, but wickedness intended, that especially is an abomination. 28. The doom of a false witness is certain. 29. A wicked man bids defiance to the terrors of the law and the rebukes of Providence. But a good man asks, What does God require of me? 30,31. Means are to be used, but, after all, our safety and salvation are only of the Lord. In our spiritual warfare we must arm ourselves with the whole armour of God; but our strength must be in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
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