An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Management by Anger

(Proverbs 29:22 KJV)  An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

Again Proverbs takes aim at the lack of self control.  Think about the areas in which this is addressed:  Food, alcohol, spending, sex, leisure and here we have anger.  Lack of self control makes it unpleasant for people to be around us.

Here the focus is the “angry” (639) “man” (376).  In English you will notice that the word “man” is used twice in this verse.  In Hebrew it is two different words.  I did not notice this at first.  The first word “man” (376) is the generic word.  It is how we would use the word in everyday talk.  The second is more specific (1167).  It is used to indicate a position of power or authority.  It hints at people who use their position to abuse their authority.

So?  Are you in a position of authority?  This could range from parent to president.  Do you use anger as a tool of control and manipulation?  That is a “transgression” (6588).  That means sin.  Be honest with yourself.  Others may be afraid to. 

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