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Proverbs 15:1 - A harsh word stirs up anger...

NIV A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
KJV A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

An ideal of conduct is urged in the comments on how we should say what we say (v. 1). A soft answer is a concilatory answer, often relieving a tense situation by dissolving a person's anger. Such responses require kindness, self-control, patience, love, peace - all the fruit of the Spirit.

Thomas Nelson, I. (1997, c1995). Woman's study Bible . (Pr 15:1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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