Words of Wisdom

Proverbs 15:1 AMP … A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.

From NetBible Proverbs 15:1

  • soft[07390] answer = tender, gentle
    *“soft answer.”  is more than a mild response; it is conciliatory, an answer that restores good temper and reasonableness (W. McKane, Proverbs [OTL], 477). Gideon illustrates this kind of answer (Judg 8:1-3) that brings peace.
  • wrath[02534] = anger, rage, hot displeasure, indignation
  • grievous[06089] = pain, hurt, offense

James 1:19-20 AMP … Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.
20 For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God [wishes and requires].

The difference between a smart man and a wise man is that a smart man knows what to say, a wise man knows whether or not to say it. ~ Frank M. Garafola

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Proverbs 25:15 AMP … By long forbearance{patience} and calmness of spirit a judge or ruler is persuaded, and soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance.

From NetBible Proverbs 25:15

  • patience[0753] = forbearance, self-restraint (of patience)
  • soft[07390] speech = tender, gentle
    *soft or gentle speech – this fits well with the parallel idea of patience (“long of anger”) – through a calm patient persuasion much can be accomplished.
  • *The idea of breaking a bone uses the hardest and most firm part of the body in contrast to the “softness of the tongue.” Both are figurative, forming a comparison. A gentle speech can break down any stiff opposition.

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Soft, gentle speech requires patience.

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Lord Jesus, help me to have the patience to taste my words before I spit them out!

Related:
Living Under WITHOUT Boiling Over
Slow to Anger{prayer}

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