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Proverbs 25:15

Context
NET ©

Through patience 1  a ruler can be persuaded, 2  and a soft tongue 3  can break a bone. 4 

NIV ©

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

NASB ©

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

NLT ©

Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can crush strong opposition.

MSG ©

Patient persistence pierces through indifference; gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses.

BBE ©

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

NRSV ©

With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue can break bones.

NKJV ©

By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, And a gentle tongue breaks a bone.


KJV
By long
<0753>
forbearing
<0639>
is a prince
<07101>
persuaded
<06601> (8792)_,
and a soft
<07390>
tongue
<03956>
breaketh
<07665> (8799)
the bone
<01634>_.
NASB ©
By forbearance
<0753>
<639> a ruler
<07101>
may be persuaded
<06601>
, And a soft
<07390>
tongue
<03956>
breaks
<07665>
the bone
<01634>
.
HEBREW
Mrg
<01634>
rbst
<07665>
hkr
<07390>
Nwslw
<03956>
Nyuq
<07101>
htpy
<06601>
Mypa
<0639>
Krab (25:15)
<0753>
LXXM
(32:15) en
<1722
PREP
makroyumia
<3115
N-DSF
euodia
<2136
N-NSF
basileusin
<935
N-DPM
glwssa
<1100
N-NSF
de
<1161
PRT
malakh
<3120
A-NSF
suntribei
<4937
V-PAI-3S
osta
<3747
N-APN
NET © [draft] ITL
Through patience
<0639>

<0753>
a ruler
<07101>
can be persuaded
<06601>
, and a soft
<07390>
tongue
<03956>
can break
<07665>
a bone
<01634>
.
NET ©

Through patience 1  a ruler can be persuaded, 2  and a soft tongue 3  can break a bone. 4 

NET © Notes

tn Heb “long of anger” or “forbearance” (so NASB).

tn The two imperfect verbs in this line may be nuanced as potential imperfects because what is described could happen, but does not do so as a rule.

tn The “tongue” is a metonymy of cause; and so the expression here refers to 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. Some English versions relate this figure directly to the persuasion of a ruler in the previous line (cf. TEV “can even convince rulers”).

sn 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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