New International Version
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
King James Bible
By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
Darby Bible Translation
By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
World English Bible
By patience a ruler is persuaded. A soft tongue breaks the bone.
Young's Literal Translation
By long-suffering is a ruler persuaded, And a soft tongue breaketh a bone.
Proverbs 25:15 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A soft tongue breaketh the bone - This is similar to another proverb on the same subject: "A soft answer turneth away wrath." An angry word does nothing but mischief.
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He instructed them: "This is what you are to say to my lord Esau: 'Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now.
1 Samuel 25:24
She fell at his feet and said: "Pardon your servant, my lord, and let me speak to you; hear what your servant has to say.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.
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