A gentle response diverts anger, but a harsh statement incites fury.
A gentle statement is a tree of life, but perverted speech shatters the spirit.
Will he make many supplications to you, or will he beg you for mercy?
Through patience a ruler may be persuaded; a gentle word can break a bone.
He was attached to Dinah, Jacob's daughter, since he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her.
"Therefore, look! I will now allure her. I will make her go out to the wilderness, and will speak to her heart.
So the commander of the Temple guards went with his men to bring them back without force, because they were afraid of being stoned to death by the people.
1 Peter 2:18
You household servants must submit yourselves to your masters out of respect, not only to those who are kind and fair, but also to those who are unjust.