Proverbs 19:11

11 1Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

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Proverbs 19:11 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 19:11

The discretion of a man deferreth his anger
That he does not show it immediately; but takes time to consider of the offence given him, and makes use of a proper time to resent what is fit should be resented; he is a wise and discreet man that is slow to anger, ( Proverbs 14:29 ) ( 16:32 ) . He is most like to God, who is "longsuffering, abundant in goodness and truth", ( Exodus 34:6 ) ; and it is to the honour of his "name" that he "defers [his] anger", and "refrains from" cutting off those that offend him, ( Isaiah 48:9 ) ; and [it is] his glory to pass over a transgression;
to forgive an offence committed; it is the duty and interest of a man to do so, and it is to his honour; as the contrary greatly reflects dishonour on him, and tends to his disgrace and reproach, if not to his ruin; see ( Matthew 18:32-35 ) .

Proverbs 19:11 In-Context

9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish.
10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury, much less for a slave to rule over princes.
11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
12 A king's wrath is like the growling of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.

Cross References 1

  • 1. See Proverbs 14:29
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