Proverbs 16:32 - Patient and/or Powerful?

Proverbs 16:32: Patient and/or Powerful?

Proverbs 16:32 (NIRV) It is better to be patient than to fight. 
It is better to control your temper than to take a city.  

Proverbs 16:32 (NLT) Better to be patient than powerful; better 
to have self-control than to conquer a city.  

Proverbs 16:32 (HCSB) Patience is better than power, and 
controlling ones temper, than capturing a city.  


NOTE: Self-control for the Christian is really Spirit-control. 
The Spirit gives us the tools like patience and self-control to keep 
our fallen nature in check. 

Self control, especially control of one's temper, is an 
important characteristic of wisdom in Proverbs. Here it is commended above 
physical power. [Apologetics SB] 

One of the most favored persons in the ancient Middle East was 
the military hero. Yet this proverb suggests that one who is slow to 
anger and who rules his speech is a greater hero than a returning 
warrior. Controlling one's rage is more impressive than completing a 
daring exploit (see 14:29). [Nelson SB] 

Patience and self-control are far more valuable than brute 
force. [NLT SB 2008]  

A person who is able to control their appetites and emotions is 
stronger than the most powerful warrior who sacks a city. [NIV SB 2015] 

Self-control is superior to conquest. Success in business, 
school, or home life can be ruined by a person who loses control of his 
or her temper. So it is a great personal victory to control your 
temper. When you feel yourself ready to explode, remember that losing 
control may cause you to forfeit what you want the most. [Life 
Application SB] 


Patience And Self-Control: are Growing Virtues.

   How often do you get impatient during a typical day? If 
you're like me, it's more often than you'd like. It's not only wishing 
rush-hour traffic would move faster, but it's wanting people and 
situations to happen at our speed and not some slower, unknown pace. You 
think, why won't she do the right thing? Why won't he apologize? Why 
can't the kids obey me this one time? Why doesn't my boss recognize my 
talent? Why do I put up with this? 
   The sad thing is that many of us show our impatience most 
frequently with the people we love. We snap and bite our spouse's head off 
with our response. We raise our voices at our kids or follow through 
with the consequences we've been threatening. "Don't make me pull 
this car over! Okay, that's it!" (Sound familiar, or is it just me?) 
   It's only natural that we get impatient and want to control 
the people and events around us. We want our lives paced to our 
preferred speed and not determined by factors that are out of our hands. 
But the reality is that no matter how much we think we can control 
our lives, ultimately, we have to trust God and his timing. 
   His eternal perspective reminds us that most of what feels 
urgent to us today isn't all that important. So cultivate patience for 
those moments - especially with other people - when you're forced to 
   Lord, you know how much I struggle with being patient. Today 
I want to slow down, relax, and follow your perfect sense of 
timing. [Daily Power by Craig Groeschel] 

Patience And Self-Control: over the Intoxication of 
Uncontrolled Anger. 

Avoid Intoxication Through Wrath. One class have come up without 
self-control; they have not bridled the temper or the tongue; and some of 
these claim to be Christ's followers, but they are not. Jesus has set 
them no such example. When they have the meekness and lowliness of 
the Saviour, they will not act out the promptings of the natural 
heart, for this is of Satan. Some are nervous, and if they begin to 
lose self-control in word or spirit under provocation, they are as 
much intoxicated with wrath as the inebriate is with liquor. They are 
unreasonable, and not easily persuaded or convinced. They are not sane; Satan 
for the time has full control. Every one of these exhibitions of 
wrath weakens the nervous system and the moral powers, and makes it 
difficult to restrain anger or another provocation. With this class there 
is only one remedy, - positive self-control under all 
circumstances. The effort to get into a favorable place, where self will not be 
annoyed, may succeed for a time; but Satan knows where to find these poor 
souls, and will assail them in their weak points again and again. They 
will be continually troubled so long as they think so much of self. 
They carry the heaviest load a mortal can lift, that is self, 
unsanctified and unsubdued. But there is hope for them. Let this life, so 
stormy with conflicts and worries, be brought into connection with 
Christ, and then self will no longer clamor for the supremacy (YI Nov. 
10, 1886).  {3BC 1161.1} 

Patience And Self-Control: Promotes Peace (another Holy 
Spirit virtue). 

   Jesus teaches us that He has given us His very own peace and 
that we should stop allowing ourselves to become upset and disturbed 
(see John 14:27). I have learned that the more peaceful I am, the 
more powerful I am. I am stronger in every way when I hold my peace 
in each situation. As the Scripture above shares, the person who 
can rule his spirit is, in reality, stronger than someone who would 
have the ability to capture an entire city. That is an amazing 
statement and one that we should seriously consider. 
   We encounter situations almost daily that are designed by 
Satan to frustrate and upset us. Hold your peace and you will maintain 
your power! The apostle Paul teaches that if we go to bed angry 
instead of resolving issues that are upsetting us, we give the devil a 
foothold in our lives (see Ephesians 4:26-27). 
   Let the peace of God rule in your heart as an umpire (see 
Colossians 3:15). Don't allow unbridled emotions to rule you and steal your 
   Jesus, thank You for giving me Your peace. Help me choose to 
walk in it at all times! [My Time with God by Joyce Meyer] 


Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great 
understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.  

Proverbs 15:18 Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings 

Proverbs 25:15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a 
soft tongue breaketh the bone.  

Proverbs 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like 
a city that is broken down, and without walls.  

Romans 12:12 Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your 
troubles, and pray at all times. 

1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV) Love is patient, love is kind. It does 
not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, 
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness 
and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 


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