Cross-references Explore similar Bible verses on Proverbs 15:1 in English Standard Version "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Jud 8:1 Then the men of Ephraim said to him, “What is this that you have done to us, not to call us when you went to fight against Midian?” And they accused him fiercely. 1Sa 25:10 And Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants these days who are breaking away from their masters. 1Ki 12:13 And the king answered the people harshly, and forsaking the counsel that the old men had given him, Pr 25:15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.