Scripture: Anger & Wrath

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Why You Must Stop Your Anger Now

Old Testament Scripture on Anger

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“For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.” —Job 5:2

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” —Psalms 37:8

“The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” —Psalms 145:8

“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” —Proverbs 10:12 

“A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.” —Proverbs 12:16

“He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spiritexalteth folly.” —Proverbs 14:29

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” —Proverbs 15:1

“A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.” —Proverbs 15:18

“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” —Proverbs 16:32

“The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” —Proverbs 19:11

“A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.” —Proverbs 19:19

“It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.” —Proverbs 21:19

“Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.” —Proverbs 21:24

“Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:” —Proverbs 22:24

“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” —Proverbs 25:28

“A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.” —Proverbs 27:3

“Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.” —Proverbs 29:8

“An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.” —Proverbs 29:22

“Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.” —Proverbs 30:33

“Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” —Ecclesiastes 7:9

New Testament Scripture on Anger

Listed in Biblical Order

“But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” —Matthew 5:22

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” —Romans 12:19

“Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” —I Corinthians 13:5

“For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:” —II Corinthians 12:20

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” —Galatians 5:19-23

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” —Ephesians 4:26

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:” —Ephesians 4:31

“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” —Ephesians 6:4

“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.” —Colossians 3:8

“Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” —Colossians 3:21

“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” —I Timothy 2:8

“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;” —Titus 1:7

“For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” —James 1:20

“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” —James 1:19

Scripture on What to Do Instead of Anger

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“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” —Proverbs 15:1

“If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.” —Ecclesiastes 10:4

“Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, until thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.” —Matthew 5:25-26