New International Version
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one 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.
Darby 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.
World English Bible
One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; one who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.
Young's Literal Translation
Better is the slow to anger than the mighty, And the ruler over his spirit than he who is taking a city.
Proverbs 16:32 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city - It is much easier to subdue an enemy without than one within. There have been many kings who had conquered nations, and yet were slaves to their own passions. Alexander, who conquered the world, was a slave to intemperate anger, and in a fit of it slew Clytus, the best and most intimate of all his friends, and one whom he loved beyond all others.
The spirit of this maxim is so self-evident, that most nations have formed similar proverbs. The classical reader will remember the following in Hor., Odar. lib. ii., Od. 2: -
Latius regnes, avidum domando
Spiritum, quam si Libyam remotis
Gadibus jungas, et uterque Poenus
"By virtue's precepts to control
The furious passions of the soul,
Is over wider realms to reign,
Unenvied monarch, than if Spain\\\ppar You could to distant Libya join,
And both the Carthages were thine."
And the following from Ovid is not less striking: -
Fortior est qui se, quam qui fortissima vincit
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryApril 27. "The Sweetness of the Lips" (Prov. xvi. 21).
"The sweetness of the lips" (Prov. xvi. 21). Spiritual conditions are inseparably connected with our physical life. The flow of the divine life-currents may be interrupted by a little clot of blood; the vital current may leak out through a very trifling wound. If you want to keep the health of Christ, keep from all spiritual sores, from all heart wounds and irritations. One hour of fretting will wear out more vitality than a week of work; and one minute of malignity, or rankling jealousy or envy …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
What I Think of Myself and what God Thinks of Me
Abandonment to God --Its Fruit and Its Irrevocability --In what it Consists --God Exhorts us to It.
The Providence of God
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
2 Kings 5:12
Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn't I wash in them and be cleansed?" So he turned and went off in a rage.
Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.
A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
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