Proverbs 19:11

11 A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 19:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
ESV
11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
NLT
11 Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.
MSG
11 Smart people know how to hold their tongue; their grandeur is to forgive and forget.
CSB
11 A person's insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.

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 whoever pours out lies will perish.
10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury— how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
11 A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
12 A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S 2 Kings 5:12; Proverbs 16:32
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