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

  • Mr. Smith
    The "unfaithful man" in vs 19 speaks of the "old self/man" that Paul refers to in Eph 4:22-24. He is the "sense ruled" man. A person that only trusts in and relies on that which he can experience with the five senses will be unproductive (like a broken tooth or foot out of joint) and will have no rule over his spirit (vs 28). When a man rules his spirit, all things are possible.
  • Irene123
    Pro. 25:5 - Oh, that it could be so!!!
  • 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"
  • 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.

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