A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.…
1. "A soft answer" is a Christian answer. It exemplifies the Spirit of Christ. "When reviled He reviled not again."
2. "A soft answer" is a fitting answer. It is a sensible thing to do. As a matter of mere policy it is the wisest course a man can take.
3. "A soft answer" is the most effective answer, the only effective answer in the way of good results. Gentle words, a forgiving spirit will do what hard blows and angry epithets and a belligerent attitude never did and never can accomplish.
4. "A soft answer" is the evidence, the test, of a man's moral character.
(J. M. Sherwood, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.