A strong feeling of displeasure aroused by a wrong, whether real or perceived.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Anger. The word normally used in the Bible to refer to an emotion considered sinful. Psalm 37:8, for example, commands: “Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!” Jesus paralleled anger with murder when he said that “every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment” (Mt 5:22) just as
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Anger The commonest Hebrew term is ’ap̱, denoting either divine or human anger. The term means “nostril,” which was thought of as the locale of anger. The related word ’ānap̱, however, is used only of divine anger. The quickening of anger is described by the verb ḥārâ, “burn” (Nu. 22:27; Jonah 4:1),
Wrath; Anger
Wrath; Anger [Heb. ʾap, ʾānap̱, ḥēmâ, ʿeḇrâ, qeṣep̱, zāʿam, zaʿap̱, ḥārôn, rōg̱ez; Gk. orgé̄, thymós]; AV also FURY, INDIGNATION, HOT DISPLEASURE, etc. See also Slow.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ANGER The word normally used in the Bible to refer to rage, fury, and indignation. In most instances, anger is considered to be wrong. Psalm 37:8 (nlt), for example, commands: “Stop your anger! Turn from your rage!” Jesus paralleled anger with murder when he said, “If you are angry with someone, you
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ANGER. The Bible predicates anger as a strong feeling of displeasure both of God and of man. In the case of man, anger is often mixed with hostility and hatred. The most common OT terms are ˒aph, derived from a primitive root, “to breathe hard,” translated “anger” 171 times and “wrath” 42 times in the
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
WRATH. The permanent attitude of the holy and just God when confronted by sin and evil is designated his ‘wrath’. It is inadequate to regard this term merely as a description of ‘the inevitable process of cause and effect in a moral universe’ or as another way of speaking of the results of sin. It is
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
WrathOf the four words for anger in the OT, the most common is ʾap̱. While it may be etymologically related to the word for “snorting,” an anthropomorphism of God snorting in anger is not indicated by usage. In the LXX and NT the major word groups are related to Gk. thymós and orgḗ. The former may
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Wrath (Heb. ˒ap̱, ḥēmâ, ˓eḇrâ qeṣep̱; Gk. thymós, orgḗ).† The response of a holy, just God to that which does not meet his standards of holiness, namely sin. God’s wrath is to be distinguished from human wrath chiefly in that human wrath is never pure, even when exercised in defense of
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ANGER One of the human passions; it is not in itself wrong, but it needs to be controlled by reason. When not curbed or controlled, anger can advance into resentment and hate and become one of the seven capital sins.The Old Testament often speaks of the anger of God, an anthropomorphism that is used
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Wrath, Destruction
Wrath, DestructionThe two standard words for anger or wrath, orgē and thymos, are used in these NT writings as well as those of the apostolic fathers. Although the two words significantly overlap in meaning, there is also the distinction that orgē seems more characteristic of wrath or anger that leads
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
ANGER. The emotion of instant displeasure and indignation arising from the feeling of injury done or intended, or from the discovery of offense against law.The anger attributed to God in the NT is that part of God that stands opposed to man’s disobedience, obstinacy (especially in resisting the gospel),
WRATH (Gk. orgē). A term found several times in the NT (Rom. 2:8; Eph. 4:31; Col. 3:8; Rev. 19:15). The NIV translates “anger” in Eph. 4:31; Col. 3:8. “The general opinion of scholars is that … orgē, represents more of an abiding and settled habit of the mind (˓ira inveterata˒), with the purpose of
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Angerthe 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 (Matt. 5:22; Eph.
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
AngerIn the Bible, anger is attributed both to people and to God. Anger or wrath is an emotion, a response growing out of an interpretation of certain stimuli. It may produce a desire to respond, but agents (people or God) determine if, how and when they will respond. The idiom of anger is the imagery
Key passages
Ge 4:4–5

and Abel also brought an offering from the choicest firstlings of his flock. And Yahweh looked with favor to Abel and to his offering, but to Cain and to his offering he did not look with favor. And Cain became very angry, and his face fell.

Pr 29:22

A man of anger will stir strife, and the owner of anger, much transgression.

Mt 5:22

But I say to you that everyone who is angry at his brother will be subject to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Stupid fool!’ will be subject to the council, and whoever says, ‘Obstinate fool!’ will be subject to fiery hell.

Mk 3:1–5

And he entered into the synagogue again, and a man who had a withered hand was there. And they were watching him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath, in order that they could accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come into …

Jn 2:13–17

And the Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And he found in the temple courts those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated. And he made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the temple courts, …

Ga 5:19–21

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are sexual immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, things which I am telling you in advance, …

Jas 1:19–20

Understand this, my dear brothers: every person must be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for human anger does not accomplish the righteousness of God.

See also
Ge 4:1–15; Ge 16:1–16; Ge 27:41–28:5; Ge 29:31–30:24; Ge 31:22–42; Ge 34:1–31; Ge 37:12–36; Ge 39:1–40:23; Ge 49:1–28; Ex 10:1–11:10; Ex 16:1–36; Ex 32:1–35; Le 10:8–20; Nu 16:1–19; Nu 20:1–13; Nu 22:22–40; Nu 23:27–24:14; Nu 31:12–24; Dt 19:1–13; Dt 32:19–38; Jos 22:10–34; Jdg 6:28–35; Jdg 8:1–21; Jdg 9:22–57; 1 Sa 11:1–15; 1 Sa 15:10–35; 1 Sa 17:17–37; 1 Sa 18:1–16; 1 Sa 19:1–24; 1 Sa 20:24–42; 1 Sa 22:1–5; 1 Sa 29:1–11; 2 Sa 3:6–30; 2 Sa 6:1–23; 2 Sa 12:1–15; 2 Sa 13:1–22; 2 Sa 19:40–43; 1 Ki 21:1–16; 2 Ki 5:1–19; 2 Ki 13:14–21; 1 Ch 13:1–14; 2 Ch 16:7–10; 2 Ch 21:1–20; 2 Ch 25:5–16; 2 Ch 26:16–23; 2 Ch 28:9–15; Ne 4:1–5:13; Ne 13:4–31; Es 1:1–22; Es 2:19–3:15; Es 5:9–14; Es 7:1–10; Job 18:1–21; Job 32:1–22; Job 36:1–23; Ps 2:1–12; Ps 4:1–8; Ps 37:1–19; Ps 55:1–23; Ps 76:1–12; Ps 112:1–10; Ps 124:1–8; Ps 138:1–8; Pr 6:20–7:5; Pr 12:16; Pr 14:10; Pr 14:17; Pr 14:29; Pr 14:35–15:1; Pr 15:18; Pr 16:14; Pr 16:32; Pr 18:23; Pr 19:3; Pr 19:11–12; Pr 19:19; Pr 20:2; Pr 21:14; Pr 22:8; Pr 22:24–25; Pr 24:17–18; Pr 25:28; Pr 27:3–4; Pr 29:8–9; Pr 29:22; Pr 30:32–33; Ec 5:8–8:1; Ec 9:13–10:20; Is 8:11–22; Eze 23:22–35; Eze 35:1–15; Da 2:1–13; Da 3:8–25; Da 8:1–14; Da 11:5–45; Ho 6:4–7:10; Am 1:3–2:3; Jon 4:1–11; Hab 2:5–20; Mt 2:16–18; Mt 5:21–26; Mt 20:20–28; Mt 21:12–17; Mk 3:1–5; Mk 10:35–45; Mk 11:15–19; Mk 14:3–9; Lk 4:16–30; Lk 6:6–11; Lk 14:15–24; Lk 15:11–32; Lk 19:45–48; Lk 21:20–24; Jn 2:13–25; Jn 7:14–24; Ac 4:1–4; Ac 5:33–42; Ac 7:54–60; Ac 12:20–24; Ac 19:21–41; Ac 22:22–29; Ac 26:1–11; Ro 3:9–20; 1 Co 13:1–13; 2 Co 12:14–21; Ga 5:16–26; Eph 4:25–32; Eph 6:1–4; Col 3:1–11; 1 Ti 2:8–15; Tt 1:5–9; Heb 11:23–29; Heb 12:12–17; Jas 1:19–20; Re 12:7–18;
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Topics & Themes