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The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible

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Proverbs 15:1

A soft answer turneth away wrath
Mild words, gentle expressions, delivered with kindness and tenderness, humility and submission; these will work upon a man's passions, weaken his resentments, and break and scatter the storm of wrath raised in his breast, just breaking forth in a very boisterous and blustering manner; so high winds are sometimes laid by soft showers. Thus the Ephraimites were pacified by Gideon's mild answer; and David by Abigail's very submissive and respectful address, (Judges 8:1-3) (1 Samuel 25:25-32) ; but grievous words stir up anger;
such as are rough and menacing, scornful and sneering, reproachful and reviling, proud, haughty, and overbearing; like those of Jephthah to the Ephraimites; and of the Ephraimites to the Gileadites; and of Nabal to David's servants, concerning him; and of Rehoboam, who answered the people roughly: in all which instances anger was stirred up, and either were or like to have been attended with bad consequences, (Judges 12:1-4) (1 Samuel 25:10,11,21,22) (1 Kings 12:13,14) . Or a "word" causing, or rather expressing, "grief" F18; upbraiding others with being the cause of grief to them.


FOOTNOTES:

F18 (bue rbd) "verbum vel sermo doloris", Montanus, Vatablus, Michaelis; vid. Gussetius, p. 177.

 


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 15:1". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=pr&chapter=015&verse=001>. 1999.

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