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News Item 354. Mishlei 19-11 (Intelligence)

A new proverb was posted to the Mishlei section on Thursday, December 21.

This proverb compares basic intelligence with going beyond intelligence. It all

depends on how he reacts when someone commits an offense against him. If he is

able to suppress his natural instinct of anger, that is, if he is slow to anger, then he is

free to react with intelligence. His emotions won’t get in the way of an intelligent

response. However, even more glorious than suppressing anger is to forgive the

offense entirely. Such a person’s thinking becomes free from any emotional baggage

because memory of the offense has no effect on him.