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Reference: Anger


A violent emotion of a painful nature, sometimes arising spontaneously upon just occasion, but usually characterized in the Bible as a great sin, Mt 5:22; Eph 4:31; Col 3:8. Even when just, our anger should be mitigated by a due consideration of the circumstances of the offence and the state of mind of the offender; of the folly and ill-results of this passion; of the claims of the gospel, and of our own need of forgiveness from others, but especially from God, Mt 6:15. Anger is in Scripture frequently attributed to God, Mt 7:11; 28:20; not that he is liable to those violent emotions which this passion produces, but figuratively speaking, that is, after the manner of men; and because he punishes the wicked with severity of a superior provoked to anger.

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the emotion of instant displeasure on account of something evil that presents itself to our view. In itself it is an original susceptibility of our nature, just as love is, and is not necessarily sinful. It may, however, become sinful when causeless, or excessive, or protracted (Mt 5:22; Eph 4:26; Col 3:8). As ascribed to God, it merely denotes his displeasure with sin and with sinners (Ps 7:11).

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In OT 'anger' represents about a dozen Heb. roots, which occur as nouns, vbs. (once 'angered' is used transitively, Ps 106:32), and adjs. By far the most frequent words are anaph (lit. 'to snort') and its deriv. noun aph, which is used of the anger both of men (Ge 27:45; 30:2; Ex 11:8; 32:19; etc.) and God (Ex 4:14; 32:22; Ps 6:1; 7:6 etc.). In NT 'anger' is of much less frequent occurrence, and represents only 2 roots: (1) the noun org

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ANGER, a resentful emotion of the mind, arising upon the receipt, or supposed receipt, of an affront or injury; and also simple feeling of strong displacency at that which is in itself evil, or base, or injurious to others. In the latter sense it is not only innocent but commendable. Strong displeasure against evil doers, provided it be free from hatred and malice, and interferes not with a just placableness, is also blameless, Eph 4:26. When it is vindictive against the person of our neighbour, or against the innocent creatures of God, it is wicked, Mt 5:22. When anger, hatred, wrath, and fury, are ascribed to God, they denote no tumultuous passion, but merely his holy and just displeasure with sin and sinners and the evidence of it in his terrible threatenings, or righteous judgments, Ps 6:1; 7:11. We must, however, take care that we refine not too much. These are Scriptural terms, and are often used of God; and though they express not a tumultuous, much less an unjust, passion, there is something in God which answers to them. In him they are principles arising out of his holy and just nature; and for this reason they are more steady and uniform, and more terrible, than if they were emotions, or as we say, passions. Nor can we rightly regard the seventy of the judgments which God has so often executed upon sin without standing in awe of him, "as a consuming fire" to the ungodly.

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