Anger in Proverbs

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

A wrathful man stirs up discord, but one slow to anger calms strife (Proverbs 15:18).

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit is better than he who takes a city (Proverbs 16:32).

A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but a fool's wrath is heavier than both of them. Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, but who is able to stand before jealousy? (Proverbs 27:3 - 4).

Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm (Proverbs 3:30).

Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you (Proverbs 9:8).

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Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins (Proverbs 10:12).

The desire of the righteous is only good, but the expectation of the wicked is wrath (Proverbs 11:23).

By pride comes nothing but strife, but with the well-advised is wisdom (Proverbs 13:10).


Landscape with cannon
Landscape with cannon
Albrecht Durer, c. 1518

A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated (Proverbs 14:17).

A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life (Proverbs 20:2).

If you stay calm, you are wise, but if you have a hot temper, you only show how stupid you are (Proverbs 14:29).

The king's favor is toward a wise servant, but his wrath is against him who causes shame (Proverbs 14:35).


World's Wit and Wisdom
Quarrels would not last long
if the fault were only on one side.
Francois Rochefoucauld, 1613 - 1680

Anger is never without reason,
but seldom with a good one.
Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790

A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated (Proverbs 14:17).

If you stay calm, you are wise, but if you have a hot temper, you only show how stupid you are (Proverbs 14:29).

Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife (Proverbs 17:1).

A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath (Proverbs 21:14)

A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for blows (Proverbs 18:6).

Casting lots causes contentions to cease, and keeps the mighty apart (Proverbs 18:18).

A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle (Proverbs 18:19).

If someone has a hot temper, let him take the consequences. If you get him out of trouble once, you will have to do it again (Proverbs 19:19).

Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman (Proverbs 21:9).


World's Wit and Wisdom
There are two sides
to every question:
my side and
the wrong side.
Oscar Levant, 1906 - 1972

In quarreling,
the truth is always lost.
Publilius Syrus, 1st century B.C.

Man is a reasonable animal
who always loses his temper
when he is called upon to act
in accordance with the
dictates of reason.
Oscar Wilde, 1854 - 1900

He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, and the rod of his anger will fail (Proverbs 22:8).

Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease (Proverbs 22:10)

Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul (Proverbs 22:24 - 25).

Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house, lest he become weary of you and hate you (Proverbs 25:17).

The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry countenance (Proverbs 25:23).

He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a dog by the ears (Proverbs 26:17).

Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, but who is able to stand before jealousy? (Proverbs 27:4).

Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife (Proverbs 26:20 - 21).

He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered (Proverbs 28:25).

Scoffers set a city aflame, but wise men turn away wrath (Proverbs 29:8).

If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace (Proverbs 29:9).

The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the upright seek his well-being (Proverbs 29:10).

An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression (Proverbs 29:22).

The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression (Proverbs 19:11).

He who sows iniquity shall reap vanity, and the rod of his anger shall fail (Proverbs 22:8).

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