“Fools have short fuses and explode all too quickly;the prudent quietly shrug off insults.”
Sometimes people hurt us by what they say. Sometimes people want to hurt us. They insult us. And their words do hurt. How do we react? This verse says that fools – or stupid people – react very quickly. They are like firecrackers. When someone hurts them, it is like lighting their fuse. And bang! - they explode in anger. They explode in defending themselves.
But another kind of person reacts differently. He is the prudent – or careful – person. When someone says hurtful words to him, he doesn't react at all. He does not explode. He says nothing. He quietly shrugs off the insult. This means he just lets the insult fall off him. Like someone trying to put a coat on him that doesn't fit him, he just lets it fall off him onto the ground.
但有另一种人却有不同的反应。他乃是通达，谨慎的人。当有人对他说了伤害的话，他没有反应，没有发飙，他没有说什么回应。他只是安静地忍辱藏羞。Shrug off the insult 是指，就让那些批评论断的话滑落，就像有人要把一件不合身的外套披在他身上，他就让这外套滑落地上一样了。
How do you react when someone hurts you with their words?
These “words to live by” are from the Bible – Proverbs, chapter 12, verse 16.
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