A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.
A gentle tongue [with its healing power] is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.
Will he make many supplications to you [begging to be spared]? Will he speak soft words to you [to coax you to treat him kindly]?
By long forbearance and calmness of spirit a judge or ruler is persuaded, and soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance.
But his soul longed for and clung to Dinah daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke comfortingly to her young heart's wishes.
Therefore, behold, I will allure her [Israel] and bring her into the wilderness, and I will speak tenderly and to her heart.
Then the military leader went with the attendants and brought [the prisoners], but without violence, for they dreaded the people lest they be stoned by them.
1 Peter 2:18
[You who are] household servants, be submissive to your masters with all [proper] respect, not only to those who are kind and considerate and reasonable, but also to those who are surly (overbearing, unjust, and crooked).