15:1 A gentle answer [gives anger time to subside and the Holy Spirit time to control our response] turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger [thus escalating the argument or conflict].
15:17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love [affection] than a fattened calf with hatred [some people allow wealth to replace love].
15:18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient [one slow to anger] man calms a quarrel [cf. Rom. 12:18].
15:27 A greedy man [one preoccupied with amassing wealth; one who obtains wealth by dishonesty, violence, or injustice] brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.