Ecclesiastes 10:4

NET ©

If the anger of the ruler flares up against you, do not resign from your position, for a calm response can undo great offenses.

NIV ©

If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great errors to rest.

NASB ©

If the ruler’s temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.

NLT ©

If your boss is angry with you, don’t quit! A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes.

MSG ©

If a ruler loses his temper against you, don't panic; A calm disposition quiets intemperate rage.

BBE ©

If the wrath of the ruler is against you, keep in your place; in him who keeps quiet even great sins may be overlooked.

NRSV ©

If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your post, for calmness will undo great offenses.

NKJV ©

If the spirit of the ruler rises against you, Do not leave your post; For conciliation pacifies great offenses.

KJV
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NET © [draft] ITL
If
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the anger
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of the ruler
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flares up
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against
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you, do not
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resign
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from your position
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, for
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a calm
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response can undo
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great
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offenses
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.
NET © Notes

tn Heb “spirit.”

tn Heb “rises up.”

tn Heb “Do not leave.”

tn Heb “your place.” The term מָקוֹם (maqom, “place”) denotes a position, post or office (1 Kgs 20:24; Eccl 8:3; 10:4; BDB 879 s.v. מָקוֹם 1.c).

tn The noun II מַרְפֵּא (marpe’, “calmness”) is used in reference to keeping one’s composure with a peaceful heart (Prov 14:30) and responding to criticism with a gentle tongue (Prov 15:4); cf. HALOT 637 s.v. II מַרְפֵּא. It is used in reference to keeping one’s composure in an emotionally charged situation (BDB 951 s.v. מַרְפֵּא 2). The term “calmness” is used here as a metonymy of association, meaning “calm response.”

tn The term “response” does not appear in the Hebrew text, but is supplied in the translation for clarification (see preceding note on the word “calm”).

tn The verbal root נוח means “to leave behind; to leave untouched” (HALOT 680 s.v. I נוח 2) in general, and in this passage, “to undo” or “to allay” offenses (HALOT 680 s.v. I נוח 3; BDB 629 s.v. נוּחַ 5) or “to avoid” offenses (BDB 629 נוּחַ 5). The point is either that (1) a composed response can calm or appease the anger of the ruler, or (2) a calm heart will help one avoid great sins that would offend the king. The root נוח (“to rest”) is repeated, creating a wordplay: “Do not leave” (אַל־תַּנַּח, ’al-tannakh) and “to avoid; to allay” (יַנִּיחַ, yanniakh). Rather than resigning (i.e., leaving), composure can appease a king (i.e., cause the anger of the king to leave).