English Standard Version
If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place, for calmness will lay great offenses to rest.
King James Bible
If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.
American Standard Version
If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for gentleness allayeth great offences.
If the spirit of him that hath power, ascend upon thee, leave not thy place: because care will make the greatest sins to cease.
English Revised Version
If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding allayeth great offences.
Webster's Bible Translation
If the spirit of the ruler riseth against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offenses.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
"And I:said: Better is wisdom than strength; but the wisdom of the poor is despised, and his words are not heard." With the words, "I saw," the author introduces his observations, and with "I said" his reflections. Wisdom is better than strength, since it does more for the wise man, and through him for others, than physical force, - more, as expressed in Ecclesiastes 7:19, than ten mighty men. But the respect which wisdom otherwise secures for a man, if it is the wisdom of a poor man, sinks into despect, to which his poverty exposes him, - if necessity arises, his service, as the above history shows, is valued; but as a rule his words are unheeded, for the crowd estimate the worth of him whom they willingly hear according to the outward respect in which he is held.
To the lessons gathered from experience, are now added instructive proverbs of kindred contents.
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1 Samuel 25:24
She fell at his feet and said, "On me alone, my lord, be the guilt. Please let your servant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your servant.
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
Be not hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand in an evil cause, for he does whatever he pleases.
There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, as it were an error proceeding from the ruler:
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