Proverbs 29:11

11 Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.

Proverbs 29:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
ESV
11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
NLT
11 Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.
MSG
11 A fool lets it all hang out; a sage quietly mulls it over.
CSB
11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man holds it in check.

Proverbs 29:11 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 29:11

A fool uttereth all his mind
At once; tells all he knows, all that is in his breast; whatever he thinks, and all that he intends to do; what or whom he loves or hates. Or, "a fool brings out all his wrath"; so the Targum, Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions: he cannot restrain it, nor hide it; it breaks out at once, even all of it, and is soon known, as in ( Proverbs 12:16 ) ; but a wise [man] keepeth it in till afterwards;
reserves his mind, and thoughts, and designs, to himself; and does not discover them until a proper opportunity offers, when to disclose them is most to advantage; or he restrains his wrath and anger, defers showing it to a proper time, when it may answer a better purpose, and he may do it without sin.

Proverbs 29:11 In-Context

9 If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.
10 The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.
11 Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Job 15:13
  • 2. Proverbs 12:16; Proverbs 19:11