Proverbs 15:1
New International Version
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

New Living Translation
A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.

English Standard Version
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Berean Study Bible
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

King James Bible
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

New King James Version
A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

New American Standard Bible
A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

NASB 1995
A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

NASB 1977
A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

Amplified Bible
A soft and gentle and thoughtful answer turns away wrath, But harsh and painful and careless words stir up anger.

Christian Standard Bible
A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.

American Standard Version
A soft answer turneth away wrath; But a grievous word stirreth up anger.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A soft word turns away anger and a hard word arouses wrath.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Anger slays even wise men; yet a submissive answer turns away wrath: but a grievous word stirs up anger.

Contemporary English Version
A kind answer soothes angry feelings, but harsh words stir them up.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A mild answer breaketh wrath: but a harsh word stirreth up fury.

English Revised Version
A SOFT answer turneth away wrath: but a grievous word stirreth up anger.

Good News Translation
A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A gentle answer turns away rage, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

International Standard Version
A gentle response diverts anger, but a harsh statement incites fury.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A soft answer turneth away wrath; But a grievous word stirreth up anger.

Literal Standard Version
A soft answer turns back fury, "" And a grievous word raises up anger.

NET Bible
A gentle response turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.

New Heart English Bible
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

World English Bible
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Young's Literal Translation
A soft answer turneth back fury, And a grievous word raiseth up anger.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
1A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 2The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool spouts folly.…

Cross References
Judges 8:1
Then the men of Ephraim said to Gideon, "Why have you done this to us? Why did you fail to call us when you went to fight against Midian?" And they contended with him violently.

1 Samuel 25:10
But Nabal asked them, "Who is David? Who is this son of Jesse? Many servants these days are breaking away from their masters.

1 Kings 12:7
They replied, "If you will be a servant to these people and serve them this day, and if you will respond by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever."

2 Chronicles 10:7
They replied, "If you will be kind to these people and please them by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever."

Proverbs 15:18
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger calms dispute.

Proverbs 25:15
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.


Treasury of Scripture

A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

grievous

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

Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

Proverbs 28:25
He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.









Verse 1. - A soft answer turneth away wrath. Two things are here to be observed: an answer should be given - the injured person should not wrap himself in sullen silence; and that answer should be gentle and conciliatory. This is tersely put in a mediaeval rhyme -

"Frangitur ira gravis
Quando est respensio suavis."


"Anger, however great,
Is checked by answer sweet."
Septuagint, "A submissive (ὑποπίπτουσα) answer averteth wrath." Thus Abigail quelled the excessive anger of David by her judicious submission (1 Samuel 25:24, etc.). But grievous words stir up anger. A word that causes vexation makes anger rise the higher.

Ὁργῆς ματαίας εἰσὶν αἰτιοι λόγοι.

"Of empty anger words are oft the cause."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A gentle
רַּ֭ךְ (raḵ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7390: Tender, delicate, soft

answer
מַֽעֲנֶה־ (ma·‘ă·neh-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4617: An answer, response

turns away
יָשִׁ֣יב (yā·šîḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

wrath,
חֵמָ֑ה (ḥê·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2534: Heat, anger, poison

but a harsh
עֶ֝֗צֶב (‘e·ṣeḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6089: An earthen vessel, toil, a pang

word
וּדְבַר־ (ū·ḏə·ḇar-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

stirs up
יַעֲלֶה־ (ya·‘ă·leh-)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

anger.
אָֽף׃ (’āp̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 639: The nose, nostril, the face, a person, ire


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