Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Proverbs on Anger

I plan on doing something with these proverbs dealing with anger in my next post.  I thought that I would post them early as an opportunity for reflection.  Happy is he who meditates on the Word of the Lord (Ps 94:12).

For jealousy enrages a husband, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will not be appeased by anything or be persuaded by lavish gifts.
Proverbs 6:34-35 (HCSB)

Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all offenses.
Proverbs 10:12 (HCSB)

A fool's displeasure is known at once, but whoever ignores an insult is sensible.
Proverbs 12:16 (HCSB)

There is one who speaks rashly, like a piercing sword; but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 12:18 (HCSB)

A wise man is cautious and turns from evil, but a fool is easily angered and is careless. A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man who schemes is hated.
Proverbs 14:16-17 (HCSB)

A patient1 person shows great understanding, but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness. A tranquil heart is life to the body, but jealousy is rottenness to the bones.
Proverbs 14:29-30 (HCSB)

A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.
Proverbs 15:1 (HCSB)

A hot-tempered man stirs up conflict, but a man slow to anger1 calms strife.
Proverbs 15:18 (HCSB)

A worthless man digs up evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. A contrary man spreads conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. A violent man lures his neighbor, leading him in a way that is not good.
Proverbs 16:27-29 (HCSB)

Patience1 is better than power, and controlling one's temper, than capturing a city.
Proverbs 16:32 (HCSB)

Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, but whoever gossips about it separates friends.
Proverbs 17:9 (HCSB)

A person's insight gives him patience1, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.
Proverbs 19:11 (HCSB)

A person with great anger bears the penalty; if you rescue him, you'll have to do it again.
Proverbs 19:19 (HCSB)

A secret gift soothes anger, and a covert bribe, fierce rage.
Proverbs 21:14 (HCSB)

Don't make friends with an angry man2, and don’t be a companion of a hot-tempered man, or you will learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.
Proverbs 22:24-25 (HCSB)

A ruler can be persuaded through patience1, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
Proverbs 25:15 (HCSB)

The north wind produces rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
Proverbs 25:23 (HCSB)

A man who does not control his temper is like a city whose wall is broken down.
Proverbs 25:28 (HCSB)

Without wood, fire goes out; without a gossip, conflict dies down. As charcoal for embers and wood for fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
Proverbs 26:20-21 (HCSB)

A stone is heavy and sand, a burden, but aggravation from a fool outweighs them both. Fury is cruel, and anger a flood, but who can withstand jealousy?
Proverbs 27:3-4 (HCSB)

A greedy person provokes conflict, but whoever trusts in the Lord will prosper.
Proverbs 28:25 (HCSB)

Mockers inflame a city, but the wise turn away anger.
Proverbs 29:8 (HCSB)

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man holds it in check.
Proverbs 29:11 (HCSB)

An angry man stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered man2 increases rebellion.
Proverbs 29:22 (HCSB)

For the churning of milk produces butter, and twisting a nose draws blood, and stirring up anger produces strife.
Proverbs 30:33 (HCSB)


1. The word for patience in Hebrew is a combination of two words "slow" and "anger"

2. Literally Master of Anger