Proverbs 14:29

29 Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

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Proverbs 14:29 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
English Standard Version (ESV)
29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
New Living Translation (NLT)
29 People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.
The Message Bible (MSG)
29 Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding; a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity.
American Standard Version (ASV)
29 He that is slow to anger is of great understanding; But he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
29 A person of great understanding is patient, but a short temper is the height of stupidity.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
29 A patient person [shows] great understanding, but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
29 Anyone who is patient has great understanding. But anyone who gets angry quickly shows how foolish he is.

Proverbs 14:29 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 14:29

[He that is] slow to wrath [is] of great understanding
Or "long in wrath" F5; it is long before he is angry; he is longsuffering, bears much and long, is very patient; such an one appears to understand himself and human nature, and has a great command over his passions; which shows him to be a man of great wisdom and understanding; but [he that is] hasty of spirit exalteth folly;
or is "short of spirit" F6; is soon angry; presently discovers resentment in his words, looks, and gestures; such an one "exalts folly", prefers it to wisdom, sets it above himself, and makes it his master: or he "lifts" it F7 up; exposes his folly to public view, so that it is seen of all men to his disgrace.


F5 (Mypa Kra) "longus iris", Vatablus; "longus naribus", Montanus; "longus narium", Schultens.
F6 (xwr ruq) "brevis spiritu", Montanus, Vatblus. Cocceius, Merceus, Michaelis; "curtus spiritu", Schultens.
F7 (Mwrm) "attollit", Mercerus, Piscator; "alte proclamat", Schultens; "elevat", Baynus.

Proverbs 14:29 In-Context

27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.
28 A large population is a king’s glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined.
29 Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
31 Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S 2 Kings 5:12; Proverbs 17:27
  • 2. S ver 17; Ecclesiastes 7:8-9; James 1:19
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