What Does the Bible Say About Anger? (32 Verses)

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  1. Ephesians 4:31-32 - "Let all bitterness and wrath and..."
  2. Ephesians 4:26-27 - "Be angry and do not sin;..."
  3. Psalm 37:8 - "Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!..."
  4. Proverbs 14:29 - "Whoever is slow to anger has..."
  5. James 1:19-20 - "Know this, my beloved brothers: let..."
  6. Ecclesiastes 7:9 - "Be not quick in your spirit..."
  7. Colossians 3:8 - "But now you must put them..."
  8. Matthew 5:22 - "But I say to you that..."
  9. Proverbs 29:11 - "A fool gives full vent to..."
  10. Proverbs 15:1 - "A soft answer turns away wrath,..."
  11. Proverbs 15:18 - "A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,..."
  12. Nehemiah 9:17 - "They refused to obey and were..."
  13. Proverbs 19:11 - "Good sense makes one slow to..."
  14. Proverbs 22:24-25 - "Make no friendship with a man..."
  15. Matthew 5:21-22 - ""You have heard that it was..."
  16. Proverbs 29:22 - "A man of wrath stirs up..."
  17. Proverbs 16:32 - "Whoever is slow to anger is..."
  18. Proverbs 14:17 - "A man of quick temper acts..."
  19. Psalm 145:8 - "The LORD is gracious and merciful,..."
  20. Galatians 5:19-20 - "Now the works of the flesh..."
  21. Romans 12:19 - "Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave..."
  22. Psalm 7:11 - "God is a righteous judge, and..."
  23. Leviticus 19:17 - ""You shall not hate your brother..."
  24. Psalm 30:4-5 - "Sing praises to the LORD, O..."
  25. Mark 3:5 - "And he looked around at them..."
  26. John 2:13-18 - "The Passover of the Jews was..."
  27. Ephesians 6:4 - "Fathers, do not provoke your children..."
  28. Matthew 21:12 - "And Jesus entered the temple and..."
  29. Ephesians 4:29 - "Let no corrupting talk come out..."
  30. Job 5:2 - "Surely vexation kills the fool, and..."
  31. Proverbs 17:27 - "Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,..."
  32. Proverbs 12:16 - "The vexation of a fool is..."

1. Ephesians 4:31-32

31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

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2. Ephesians 4:26-27

26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil.

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3. Psalm 37:8

8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

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4. Proverbs 14:29

29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

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5. James 1:19-20

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness that God requires.

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6. Ecclesiastes 7:9

9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.

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7. Colossians 3:8

8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

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8. Matthew 5:22

22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire.

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9. Proverbs 29:11

11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

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10. Proverbs 15:1

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

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11. Proverbs 15:18

18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

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12. Nehemiah 9:17

17 They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.

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13. Proverbs 19:11

11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

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14. Proverbs 22:24-25

24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, 25 lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

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15. Matthew 5:21-22

21 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.' 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire.

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16. Proverbs 29:22

22 A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

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17. Proverbs 16:32

32 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

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18. Proverbs 14:17

17 A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated.

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19. Psalm 145:8

8 The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

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20. Galatians 5:19-20

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,

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21. Romans 12:19

19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."

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22. Psalm 7:11

11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.

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23. Leviticus 19:17

17 "You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.

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24. Psalm 30:4-5

4 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. 5 For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

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25. Mark 3:5

5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

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26. John 2:13-18

13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, "Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade." 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your house will consume me." 18 So the Jews said to him, "What sign do you show us for doing these things?"

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27. Ephesians 6:4

4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

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28. Matthew 21:12

12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.

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29. Ephesians 4:29

29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

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30. Job 5:2

2 Surely vexation kills the fool, and jealousy slays the simple.

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31. Proverbs 17:27

27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

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32. Proverbs 12:16

16 The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.

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Table of Contents

  1. Psalm 37:8
  2. Psalm 145:8
  3. Psalm 7:11
  4. Psalm 30:4-5
  5. Leviticus 19:17
  6. Nehemiah 9:17
  7. Job 5:2
  8. Proverbs 12:16
  9. Proverbs 14:17
  10. Proverbs 14:29
  11. Proverbs 15:1
  12. Proverbs 15:18
  13. Proverbs 16:32
  14. Proverbs 17:27
  15. Proverbs 19:11
  16. Proverbs 22:24-25
  17. Proverbs 29:11
  18. Proverbs 29:22
  19. Ecclesiastes 7:9
  20. Matthew 5:22
  21. Matthew 5:21-22
  22. Matthew 21:12
  23. Mark 3:5
  24. John 2:13-18
  25. Romans 12:19
  26. Galatians 5:19-20
  27. Ephesians 4:31-32
  28. Ephesians 4:26-27
  29. Ephesians 4:29
  30. Ephesians 6:4
  31. Colossians 3:8
  32. James 1:19-20

Psalm 37:8

8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.

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Psalm 145:8

8 The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

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Psalm 7:11

11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.

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Psalm 30:4-5

4 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. 5 For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

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Leviticus 19:17

17 "You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.

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Nehemiah 9:17

17 They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.

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Job 5:2

2 Surely vexation kills the fool, and jealousy slays the simple.

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Proverbs 12:16

16 The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.

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Proverbs 14:17

17 A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated.

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Proverbs 14:29

29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

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Proverbs 15:1

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

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Proverbs 15:18

18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

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Proverbs 16:32

32 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

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Proverbs 17:27

27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

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Proverbs 19:11

11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

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Proverbs 22:24-25

24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, 25 lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

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Proverbs 29:11

11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

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Proverbs 29:22

22 A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

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Ecclesiastes 7:9

9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.

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Matthew 5:22

22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire.

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Matthew 5:21-22

21 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.' 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire.

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Matthew 21:12

12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.

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Mark 3:5

5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

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John 2:13-18

13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, "Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade." 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for your house will consume me." 18 So the Jews said to him, "What sign do you show us for doing these things?"

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Romans 12:19

19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."

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Galatians 5:19-20

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,

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Ephesians 4:31-32

31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

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Ephesians 4:26-27

26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil.

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Ephesians 4:29

29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

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Ephesians 6:4

4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

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Colossians 3:8

8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

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James 1:19-20

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness that God requires.

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