This wise saying contrasts “mockers” and “the wise.” It also points out what each is capable of doing.
“Mockers” are those whose habit is verbally disrespecting others and our verse notes the effect of their words and actions. Their mocking message goes way beyond those about whom they are talking or even beyond those to whom they say it.
With their negative message, they have the power to “stir up a city.” That’s some power!
In contrast, “the wise” man or woman has the power to not only not create anger, but even “turn away anger” already out there. That’s not an easy thing to pull off.
It’s amazing what we’re all capable of doing – for either good or bad. My character will dictate which way that goes.
We all have the ability to powerfully impact others. But it’s my choice which kind of impact I will have!