Parallel Verses

Amplified

By long forbearance and calmness of spirit a judge or ruler is persuaded, and soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance.

New American Standard Bible

By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone.

King James Version

By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

Holman Bible

A ruler can be persuaded through patience,
and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

International Standard Version

Through patience a ruler may be persuaded; a gentle word can break a bone.

A Conservative Version

By long-suffering a ruler is persuaded, and a soft tongue breaks the bone.

American Standard Version

By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, And a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

Bible in Basic English

A judge is moved by one who for a long time undergoes wrongs without protest, and by a soft tongue even bone is broken.

Darby Translation

By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

By long forbearing a prince is persuaded, and a soft tongue breaks the bones.

Julia Smith Translation

In slowness to anger shall the prince be persuaded, and the soft tongue shall break the bones.

King James 2000

By long patience is a prince persuaded, and a gentle tongue breaks the bone.

Lexham Expanded Bible

{With patience} a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.

Modern King James verseion

In being slow to anger a ruler is won over, and a soft tongue breaks the bone.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

With patience may a prince be pacified, and with a soft tongue may rigorousness be broken.

NET Bible

Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a soft tongue can break a bone.

New Heart English Bible

By patience a ruler is persuaded. A soft tongue breaks the bone.

The Emphasized Bible

By long patience, is a judge persuaded, and, a soft tongue, breaketh the bone.

Webster

By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

World English Bible

By patience a ruler is persuaded. A soft tongue breaks the bone.

Youngs Literal Translation

By long-suffering is a ruler persuaded, And a soft tongue breaketh a bone.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
By long
ארך 
'orek 
length, long, ever, as long as, high
Usage: 95

is a prince
קצין 
Qatsiyn 
Usage: 12

פּתה 
Pathah 
Usage: 28

and a soft
רך 
Rak 
Usage: 16

לשׁנה לשׁן לשׁון 
Lashown 
Usage: 116

שׁבר 
Shabar 
Usage: 148

Context Readings

More Proverbs Of Solomon

14 Whoever falsely boasts of gifts [he does not give] is like clouds and wind without rain. 15 By long forbearance and calmness of spirit a judge or ruler is persuaded, and soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance. 16 Have you found [pleasure sweet like] honey? Eat only as much as is sufficient for you, lest, being filled with it, you vomit it.


Cross References

Proverbs 15:1

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

Ecclesiastes 10:4

If the temper of the ruler rises up against you, do not leave your place [or show a resisting spirit]; for gentleness and calmness prevent or put a stop to great offenses.

Proverbs 16:14

The wrath of a king is as messengers of death, but a wise man will pacify it.

Genesis 32:4-21

And he commanded them, Say this to my lord Esau: Your servant Jacob says this: I have been living temporarily with Laban and have stayed there till now.

1 Samuel 25:14

But one of Nabal's young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to salute our master, and he railed at them.

1 Samuel 25:24-44

Kneeling at his feet she said, Upon me alone let this guilt be, my lord. And let your handmaid, I pray you, speak in your presence, and hear the words of your handmaid.

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