Proverbs 16:32
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.

Proverbs 16:32 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

26 The hunger of the labourer laboureth for him,

     For he is urged on by his mouth.

The Syr. translates: the soul of him who inflicts woe itself suffers it, and from his mouth destruction comes to him; the Targ. brings this translation nearer the original text (בּיפא, humiliation, instead of אבדנא, destruction); Luther translates thus also, violently abbreviating, however. But עמל (from עמל, Arab. 'amila, to exert oneself, laborare) means, like laboriosus, labouring as well as enduring difficulty, but not, as πονῶν τινα, causing difficulty, or (Euchel) occupied with difficulty. And labour and the mouth stand together, denoting that man labours that the mouth may have somewhat to eat (cf. 2 Thessalonians 3:10; נפשׁ, however, gains in this connection the meaning of ψυχὴ ὀρεκτική, and that of desire after nourishment, vid., at Proverbs 6:30; Proverbs 10:3). אכף also joins itself to this circle of ideas, for it means to urge (Jerome, compulit), properly (related to כּפף, incurvare, כּפה כּפא, to constrain, necessitate), to bow down by means of a burden. The Aramaeo-Arab. signification, to saddle (Schultens: clitellas imposuit ei os suum), is a secondary denom. (vid., at Job 33:7). The Venet. well renders it after Kimchi: ἐπεὶ κύπτει ἐπ ̓ αὐτὸν τὸ στόμα αὐτοῦ. Thus: the need of nourishment on the part of the labourer works for him (dat. commodi like Isaiah 40:20), i.e., helps him to labour, for (not: if, ἐάν, as Rashi and others) it presses upon him; his mouth, which will have something to eat, urges him. It is God who has in this way connected together working and eating. The curse in sudore vultus tui comedes panem conceals a blessing. The proverb has in view this reverse side of the blessing in the arrangement of God.

Proverbs 16:32 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

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

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

Psalm 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

Ephesians 5:1 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

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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 has 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.

Revelation 3:21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Cross References
James 1:19
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

2 Kings 5:12
Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?" So he turned and went away in a rage.

Proverbs 14:29
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

Proverbs 16:31
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.

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

Proverbs 19:11
Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 25:28
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

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