Proverbs 19:11

ESV Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
NIV A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.
NASB A person’s discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook an offense.
CSB A person's insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.
NLT Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.
KJV The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

What does Proverbs 19:11 mean?

There is a strong correlation between godly wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 8:35–36) and the ability to think before one reacts (Proverbs 18:17; 19:2). This proverb notes that it's far more honorable to ignore insults than to overreact to them. Instead of escalating a situation, the wise person defuses it by remaining calm (Proverbs 15:1). When someone is easily angered, they allow others to control them; the self-controlled person doesn't let others bait them into a fight. The need to control one's temper is a frequent subject of Solomon's proverbs (Proverbs 14:29; 15:18; 16:32; 19:19; 22:24; 29:11).

The apostle Paul writes in Romans 12:17: "Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all." He continues by saying: "Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord'" (Romans 12:19). In addition, Paul advocates treating an offender kindly (Romans 12:20), and concludes, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21). Instead of taking matters into one's own hand, an offended person should leave matters of vengeance to the Lord.
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