Proverbs 25:15

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

By long forbearing is a Prince perswaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, And a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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

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

By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
- Webster's Bible

By patience a ruler is persuaded. A soft tongue breaks the bone.
- World English Bible

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

By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 25:15


25:15 Forbearing - By patient submission and expectation. Breaketh - Softens the hardest heart.


Discussion for Proverbs 25

  • BSP
    Verse 15 shows that a mild reply can soften one's demeanor. Speaking in a harsh way can cause one to harden themselves.
  • Rodion Ponomariev
    Chapter 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
  • Timk
    Proverbs 25:2, along with Pa7ls admission to Timothy to study the scriptures is what drives me to find the truths of Gods word. I want to become a "king"
  • Margaret mbyru
    This is one of my favorite verses in the bible. I love because it always reminds me of how important it is to remain pure in heart. It also keeps reminding me for God to use me purification is not a matter of choice. God uses the vessel that's purified and ready to be used
  • Cathy-Austin Otekhile
    Verse 5 "take away the dross from the silver " whatever that is in our lives making us an unworthy vessels need to be taking away. We need to put off the old nature and then our vessels can become finer and ready for the master's use. Remember a little yeast leavened the whole lump.
  • Jason
    Proverbs 29:19 seems to naturally fit with verse 13 of same chapter. A faithful messenger is refreshing to his master, whereas the master, Jesus can not put confidence in an unfaithful man. That man is like a broken tooth, serves no purpose, or a foot out of joint. Imagine us as the body of Christ here on earth, with a mission to spread a message, the gospel in fact. A faithful messenger of the gospel will refresh our Lord, but an unfaithful man, who fails to properly function as a member of the body, proves useless, and weakens the body. How far can we get with a foot out of joint? We must work together, to please the King, not the pastors or the church folk, but be a messenger that proves faithful and refreshes the Lord with our obedience to the call, to go out into all the world, preach the gospel, and make disciples of all men....

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