Bible Verses about Anger

In the Bible, we are told to "refrain from anger and forsake wrath" (Psalm 37:8). The Bible teaches us to be forgiving and love our neighbors, but this isn't always easy with our human nature. When we strive to be rational beings, rather than simply emotional, we can more surely act in a righteous, forgiving manner. Thankfully, we can look to the Logos (truth, reason) of the Word of God to encourage and strengthen our rational minds and calm our natural, destructive instincts. May these Bible verses about anger help you to understand its significance and consequences.

Proverbs 14:29 NIV

29 Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

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Proverbs 15:1 NIV

1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

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Psalm 37:8-10 NIV

8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil. 9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. 10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.

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Ephesians 4:31 NIV

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

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Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV

26 "In your anger do not sin"Psalm 4:4 (see Septuagint) : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

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Proverbs 19:11 NIV

11 A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.

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Ecclesiastes 7:9 NIV

9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

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Proverbs 16:32 NIV

32 Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

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Proverbs 15:18 NIV

18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

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James 1:19-20 NIV

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

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Proverbs 22:24-25 NIV

24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, 25 or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.

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Matthew 5:22 NIV

22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sisterThe Greek word for "brother or sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verse 23.Some manuscripts "brother or sister without cause" will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, 'Raca,'An Aramaic term of contempt is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.

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Psalm 103:8 NIV

8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

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Proverbs 29:11 NIV

11 Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.

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