Dealing With Anger 1

Ephesians 4:25-27

 

25So put away all falsehood and "tell your neighbor the truth" because we belong to each other. 26And "don't sin by letting anger gain control over you." Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. NLT

This message was preached January 5, 2003 at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at toulonbaptist.com  

Anger is something that each of us has to deal with. For some it is harder than others. There is a great effort to curtail anger in public life, in schools and at work. Especially in our day this is more important than ever because anger is increasingly being translated into violence.

Anger is not always a bad thing. Anger is a hedge against evil and injustice. If it were not for the fact that good people become angry, evil people would have nothing to fear. Anger when used properly is a very real deterrent to evil.

But as we notice in this passage anger is to be guarded against because it often leads to sin. God is often spoken of being angry as was Jesus during His ministry here. But we are not like God. Anger can and often does go beyond righteous indignation and becomes self-serving.

Anger comes in all sizes and shapes. Some people are angry at other people, others get angry at things, other are angry with God. Some are more angry with themselves than they are with anyone else.

How does one control this anger? How do we put it to the best use? Will it go away if we just deny that we have anger?

There are a number of questions that we hope to answer during these messages.

  1. Anger is not always a bad thing but can be good.
    1. God is often said to be angry.
      1. Rom. 1:18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves.
        1. God's anger is directed at sin. Why is God angry at sinful people? Because they have substituted the truth about him with a fantasy of their own imagination (Romans 1:25). They have stifled the truth God naturally reveals to all people in order to believe anything that supports their own self-centered life-styles. God cannot tolerate sin because his nature is morally perfect. He cannot ignore or condone
          such willful rebellion. He wants to remove the sin and restore the sinner--if the sinner does not distort or reject the truth. But his anger erupts against those who persist in sinning.
      2. God's anger comes from His holiness and justice, unlike us who often come to anger because we feel we have been mistreated.
      3. He was often angry with the children of Israel in the wilderness.
        1. Ex 32:9-10 when they made the golden calf. Then the LORD said, "I have seen how stubborn and rebellious these people are. Now leave me alone so my anger can blaze against them and destroy them all."
        2. For their complaining; Num 11:1 "The people soon began to complain to the LORD about their hardships; and when the LORD heard them, his anger blazed against them. Fire from the LORD raged among them and destroyed the outskirts of the camp. The people screamed to Moses for help; and when he prayed to the LORD, the fire stopped."
        3. For complaining about the food Num. 11:10 Moses heard all the families standing in front of their tents weeping, and the LORD became extremely angry."
      4. He warned them of His anger under certain circumstances.
        1. For exploiting widows or orphans Ex. 22:23-24 My anger will blaze forth against you, and I will kill you with the sword. Your wives will become widows, and your children will become fatherless.
      5. But even God's justifiable anger is often tempered with mercy.
        1. Moses retells the story of the golden calf image. Deut 9:15-20 "So I came down from the fiery mountain, holding in my hands the two stone tablets of the covenant. 16There below me I could see the gold calf you had made in your terrible sin against the LORD your God. How quickly you had turned from the path the LORD had commanded you to follow! 17So I raised the stone tablets and dashed them to the ground. I smashed them before your very eyes. 18Then for forty days and nights I lay prostrate before the LORD, neither eating bread nor drinking water. I did this because you had sinned by doing what the LORD hated, thus making him very angry. 19How I feared for you, for the LORD was ready to destroy you. But again he listened to me. 20The LORD was so angry with Aaron that he wanted to destroy him. But I prayed for Aaron, and the LORD spared him. 21I took your sin--the calf you had made--and I melted it in the fire and ground it into fine dust. I threw the dust into the stream that cascades down the mountain.
    2. Jesus Christ even displayed times of anger while here on earth.
      1. Once when they did not want Jesus to heal on the Sabbath and may have even staged the events. Mark 3:5
        1. He looked around at them angrily, because he was deeply disturbed by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, "Reach out your hand." The man reached out his hand, and it became normal again!
      2. And we all know of the time He drove the money changers from the temple. Matt. 21
        1. 12 Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants and their customers. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the stalls of those selling doves. 13 He said, "The Scriptures declare, 'My Temple will be called a place of prayer,' but you have turned it into a den of thieves!"
      3. Jesus was always angered when the Father was maligned or when others were mistreated, but He was never selfishly angry at what was done against Him. That is the measure of righteous anger.
  2. The basis of good anger.
    1. Holiness
    2. Injustice
    3. Jesus was angry about the Pharisees' uncaring attitudes. Anger itself is not wrong. It depends on what makes us angry and what we do with our anger. Too often we express our anger in selfish and harmful ways. By contrast, Jesus expressed his anger by correcting a problem--healing the man's hand. Use your anger to find constructive solutions rather than tear
      people down. The Handbook of Bible Application

Anger management is really not anything more than what our mothers taught us. Count to ten etc. The anger management that the Bible teaches goes way beyond that. If you will give yourself over to God's control, anger can be a part of your past. But we must surrender our right to be angry.

Are you ready to surrender to God. If not you will probably continue to surrender to your own passions.

  1.  
  2. The basis of improper anger.
    1. Cain
  3. General rules for working through anger.
  4.  
  5. Where uncontrolled anger leads.

 

NOTES _______________________________

Title: The Handbook of Bible Application

Author:

BIBLE READING: Genesis 4:1-16

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry?
Why is your face downcast?"
(Genesis 4:6, NIV)

Uncontrolled anger will lead to sin. The Bible does not say why God
rejected Cain's offering. Perhaps Cain's attitude was improper, or
perhaps his offering was not up to God's standards. God evaluates
both our motives and the quality of what we offer him. When we give
to God and others, we should have a joyful heart because of what we
are able to give.

How do you react when someone suggests you have done
something wrong? Do you move to correct the mistake or deny that
you need to correct it? After Cain's offering was rejected, God gave
him the chance to right his wrong and try again. God even
encouraged him to do this! But Cain refused, and the rest of his life is
a startling example of what happens to those who refuse to admit
their mistakes. The next time someone suggests you are wrong, take
an honest look at yourself and choose God's way instead of Cain's.

BIBLE READING: Genesis 27:1-41

KEY BIBLE VERSE: Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the
blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, "The days of
mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob."

(Genesis 27:41, NIV)

Anger is often the result of bad decisions. Esau was so angry at Jacob
that he failed to see his own wrong in giving away his birthright in
the first place. Jealous anger keeps us from seeing the benefits we
have and makes us dwell on what we don't have.

When Esau lost the valuable family blessing, his future suddenly
changed. Reacting in anger, he decided to kill Jacob. When you lose
something of great value, or if others conspire against you and
succeed, anger is the first and most natural reaction. But you can
control your feelings by (1) recognizing your reaction for what it is;
(2) praying for strength; and (3) asking God for help to see the
opportunities that even your bad situation may provide.

BIBLE READING: James 3:1-12

KEY BIBLE VERSE: The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the
parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course
of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
(James 3:6, NIV)

Anger's choice tool is the tongue. James compares the damage the
tongue can do to a raging fire--the tongue's wickedness has its
source in hell itself. The uncontrolled tongue can do terrible damage.
Satan uses the tongue to divide people and pit them against one
another. Idle words are damaging because they spread destruction
quickly, and no one can stop the results once they are spoken. We
dare not be careless with our words, thinking we can apologize later,
for even if we do, the scars remain. A few words spoken in anger can
destroy a relationship that took years to build. Before you speak,
remember that words are like fire--you can neither control nor
reverse the damage they can do.

 

CONTROLLED ANGER

How can we be angry without sinning?

BIBLE READING: Mark 3:5

KEY BIBLE VERSE: [Jesus] looked around at them in anger and,
deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, "Stretch
out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was completely
restored.
(Mark 3:5, NIV)

Anger can be a holy response to sin. Jesus was angry about the
Pharisees' uncaring attitudes. Anger itself is not wrong. It depends on
what makes us angry and what we do with our anger. Too often we
express our anger in selfish and harmful ways. By contrast, Jesus
expressed his anger by correcting a problem--healing the man's
hand. Use your anger to find constructive solutions rather than tear
people down.

BIBLE READING: Mark 11:15-19

KEY BIBLE VERSE: As [Jesus] taught them, he said, "Is it not written:
'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you
have made it 'a den of robbers'"
(Mark 11:17, NIV)

Anger does not have to lead to sin. Jesus became angry, but he did not
sin. There is a place for righteous indignation. Christians are right to
be upset about sin and injustice and should take a stand against them.
Unfortunately, believers are often passive about these important
issues and instead get angry over personal insults and petty
irritations. Make sure your anger is directed toward the right issues.

BIBLE READING: Matthew 5:21-26

KEY BIBLE VERSE: But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his
brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his
brother, "Raca," is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who
says, "You fool!" will be in danger of the fire of hell.
(Matthew 5:22,
NIV)

Anger is a danger signal. When Jesus said, "But I tell you," he was not
doing away with the law or adding to it his own beliefs. Rather, he
was giving a fuller understanding of why God made that law in the
first place. For example, when Moses said, "You shall not murder"
(Exodus 20:13), Jesus taught, "Don't even become angry enough to
murder, for then you have already committed murder in your heart."
The Pharisees read this law and, not having murdered, felt righteous.
Yet they were angry enough with Jesus that they would soon plot his
murder, though they would not do the dirty work themselves. We
miss the intent of God's Word when we read his rules for living
without trying to understand why he made them. When do you keep
God's rules but close your eyes to his intent?

Killing is a terrible sin, but anger is a great sin too because it
also violates God's command to love. Anger in this case refers to a
seething, brooding bitterness against someone. It is a dangerous
emotion that always threatens to leap out of control, leading to
violence, emotional hurt, increased mental stress, and spiritual
damage. Anger keeps us from developing a spirit pleasing to God.
Have you ever been proud that you didn't strike out and say what
was really on your mind? Self-control is good, but Christ wants us to
practice thought-control as well. Jesus said we will be held
accountable even for our attitudes.

How does God express his anger?

BIBLE READING: Romans 1:18-32

KEY BIBLE VERSE: The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven
against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the
truth by their wickedness.
(Romans 1:18, NIV)

God's anger is directed at sin. Why is God angry at sinful people?
Because they have substituted the truth about him with a fantasy of
their own imagination (Romans 1:25). They have stifled the truth
God naturally reveals to all people in order to believe anything that
supports their own self-centered life-styles. God cannot tolerate sin
because his nature is morally perfect. He cannot ignore or condone
such willful rebellion. He wants to remove the sin and restore the
sinner--if the sinner does not distort or reject the truth. But his anger
erupts against those who persist in sinning.

 

Title: Warren Wiersbes Be Series: NT

Author: Wiersbe, Warren W.

Anger (vv. 26-27).

Anger is an emotional arousal caused by something that displeases us. In
itself, anger is not a sin, because even God can be angry (Deut. 9:8, 20; Ps. 2:12).
Several times in the Old Testament the phrase appears, "the anger of the Lord"
(Num. 25:4; Jer. 4:8; 12:13). The holy anger of God is a part of His judgment
against sin, as illustrated in our Lord's anger when He cleansed the temple (Matt.
21:12-13). The Bible often speaks of anger "being kindled" (Gen. 30:2; Deut.
6:15), as though anger can be compared to fire. Sometimes a man's anger
smolders, and this we would call malice; but this same anger can suddenly burst
forth and destroy, and this we would call wrath.

It is difficult for us to practice a truly holy anger or righteous indignation
because our emotions are tainted by sin, and we do not have the same knowledge
that God has in all matters. God sees everything clearly and knows everything
completely, and we do not. The New Testament principle seems to be that the
believer should be angry at sin but loving toward people. "Ye that love the Lord,
hate evil" (Ps. 97:10).

It is possible to be angry and not sin, but if we do sin, we must settle the
matter quickly and not let the sun go down on our wrath. "Agree with thine
adversary quickly" (Matt. 5:25). "Go and tell him his fault between thee and him
alone" (Matt. 18:15). The fire of anger, if not quenched by loving forgiveness,
will spread and defile and destroy the work of God. According to Jesus, anger is
the first step toward murder (Matt. 5:21-26), because anger gives the devil a
foothold in our lives, and Satan is a murderer (John 8:44). Satan hates God and
God's people, and when he finds a believer with the sparks of anger in his heart,
he fans those sparks, adds fuel to the fire, and does a great deal of damage to
God's people and God's church. Both lying and anger "give peace to the devil"
(Eph. 4:27).

When I was living in Chicago, one out of every thirty-five deaths was a
murder, and most of these murders involved relatives and friends. They are what
the law calls "crimes of passion." Two friends get into an argument (often while
gambling), one of them gets angry, pulls a gun or knife, and kills his friend.
Horace was right when he said, "Anger is momentary insanity."

A woman tried to defend her bad temper by saying, "I explode and then it's
all over with."

"Yes," replied a friend, "just like a shotgun--but look at the damage that's
left behind."

"Anyone can become angry," wrote Aristotle. "But to be angry with the right
person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right
way--this is not easy."

Solomon has a good solution: "A soft answer turneth away wrath, but
grievous words stir up anger" (Prov. 15:1).

 

Title: MacArthur's New Testament Commentary: Ephesians

Author: MacArthur, John F., Jr.

From Unrighteous Anger to Righteous Anger

Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and
do not give the devil an opportunity.
(4:26-27)

Parorgismos (anger) is not momentary outward, boiling-over rage or
inward, seething resentment, but rather a deep-seated, determined and settled
conviction. As seen in this passage, its New Testament use can represent an
emotion good or bad, depending on motive and purpose.

Paul's command is to be angry (from orgizoô), with the qualification and
yet do not sin
. In this statement he may be legitimatizing righteous indignation,
anger at evil, at that which is done against the Person of the Lord and against His
will and purpose. It is the anger of the Lord's people who hate evil (Ps. 69:9). It
is the anger that abhors injustice, immorality, and ungodliness of every sort. It is
the anger of which the great English preacher E. W. Robertson wrote in one of
his letters. When he once met a certain man who was trying to lure a young girl
into prostitution, he became so angry that he bit his lip until it bled.

Jesus expressed righteous anger at the hard-heartedness of the Pharisees who
resented His healing the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath (Mark 3:5).
Although the word itself is not used in the gospel accounts of the events, it was
no doubt that kind of anger that caused Jesus to drive the moneychangers out of
the Temple (Matt. 21:12; John 2:15). Jesus was always angered when the Father
was maligned or when others were mistreated, but He was never selfishly angry
at what was done against Him.
That is the measure of righteous anger.

Anger that is sin, on the other hand, is anger that is self-defensive and self-
serving, that is resentful of what is done against oneself. It is the anger that leads
to murder and to God's judgment (Matt. 5:21-22).

Anger that is selfish, undisciplined, and vindictive is sinful and has no place
even temporarily in the Christian life. But anger that is unselfish and is based on
love for God and concern for others not only is permissible but commanded.
Genuine love cannot help being angered at that which injures the object of that
love.

But even righteous anger can easily turn to bitterness, resentment, and self-
righteousness. Consequently, Paul goes on to say, do not let the sun go down on
your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity
. Even the best motivated
anger can sour, and we are therefore to put it aside at the end of the day. Taken to
bed, it is likely to give the devil an opportunity to use it for his purposes. If
anger is prolonged, one may begin to seek vengeance and thereby violate the
principle taught in Romans 12:17-21,

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right
in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be
at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but
leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is
Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. "But if your enemy is hungry,
feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you
will heap burning coals upon his head. Do not be overcome by
evil, but overcome evil with good."

It may also be that verses 26b-27 refer entirely to this unrighteous anger, in
which case Paul uses the imperative in the sense of saying that, because anger
may come in a moment and overtake a believer, and because it has such a strong
tendency to grow and fester, it should be dealt with immediately--confessed,
forsaken, and given to God for cleansing before we end the day.

In any case of anger, whether legitimate or not, if it is courted, "advantage
[will] be taken of us by Satan" (2 Cor. 2:11), and he will feed our anger with self-
pity, pride, self-righteousness, vengeance, defense of our rights, and every other
sort of selfish sin and violation of God's holy will.

ANGER

(an'-ger): In the Old Testament, the translation of several Hebrew words, especially of 'aph (lit. "nostril," "countenance"), which is used some 45 times of human, 177 times of Divine, anger (Brown-Drive-Briggs' Oxford Hebrew Lexicon). The word occurs rarely in the New Testament (Mark 3:5; Eph 4:31; Col 3:8; Rev 14:10), its place being taken by the word "wrath" (see WRATH). As a translation of words denoting God's "anger," the English word is unfortunate so far as it may seem to imply selfish, malicious or vindictive personal feeling. The anger of God is the response of His holiness to outbreaking sin. Particularly when it culminates in action is it rightly called Has "wrath." The Old Testament doctrine of God's anger is contained in many passages in the Pentateuch, Psalms and the Orophets. In Proverbs men are dissuaded from anger (Prov 15:1; 27:4), and the "slow to anger" is commended (15:18; 16:32; 19:11). Christians axe enjoined to put away the feeling of self-regarding, vindictive anger (Eph 4:31; Col 3:8), and to cherish no desire of personal revenge (Eph 4:26).

F. K. FARR (from International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1996 by Biblesoft)

Col 3:8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.NLT

Matt 5:22 But I say, if you are angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the high council. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell. NLT

Mark 3:4-6 He looked around at them angrily, because he was deeply disturbed by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, "Reach out your hand." The man reached out his hand, and it became normal again! NLT

Eph 4:31-32 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. NLT

Rev 14:9-10"Anyone who worships the beast and his statue or who accepts his mark on the forehead or the hand 10 must drink the wine of God's wrath. It is poured out undiluted into God's cup of wrath. And they will be tormented with fire and burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb.NLT

Prov 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger. NLT

Prov 27:4 Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but who can survive the destructiveness of jealousy? NLT

Prov 15:18 A hothead starts fights; a cool-tempered person tries to stop them. NLT

Prov 16:32 It is better to be patient than powerful; it is better to have self-control than to conquer a city. NLT

Prov 19:11 People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs. NLT

Eph 4:26

Anger is sinful in the following circumstances:

(1) When it is excited without any sufficient cause-when we are in no danger, and do not need it for a protection. We should be safe without it.

(2) When it transcends the cause, if any cause really exists. All that is beyond the necessity of immediate self-protection, is apart from its design, and is wrong.

(3) When it is against "the person" rather than the "offence." The object is not to injure another; it is to protect ourselves.

(4) When it is attended with the desire of "revenge." That is always wrong; Rom 12:17,19.

(5) When it is cherished and heightened by reflection. And

(6) When there is an unforgiving spirit; a determination to exact the utmost satisfaction for the injury which has been done. (from Barnes' Notes, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1997 by Biblesoft)

The Anger of God

Exodus 22:24

24 My anger will blaze forth against you, and I will kill you with the sword. Your wives will become widows, and your children will become fatherless. NLT

Exodus 32:10

10 Now leave me alone so my anger can blaze against them and destroy them all. Then I will make you, Moses, into a great nation instead of them." NLT

Exodus 33:5

5 For the LORD had told Moses to tell them, "You are an unruly, stubborn people. If I were there among you for even a moment, I would destroy you. Remove your jewelry and ornaments until I decide what to do with you." NLT

Numbers 11:1

1 The People Complain to Moses

The people soon began to complain to the LORD about their hardships; and when the LORD heard them, his anger blazed against them. Fire from the LORD raged among them and destroyed the outskirts of the camp. NLT

Numbers 11:10

10 Moses heard all the families standing in front of their tents weeping, and the LORD became extremely angry. Moses was also very aggravated. NLT

Numbers 11:33

33 But while they were still eating the meat, the anger of the LORD blazed against the people, and he caused a severe plague to break out among them. NLT

Numbers 12:9

9 The LORD was furious with them, and he departed. NLT

Numbers 14:11

11 And the LORD said to Moses, "How long will these people reject me? Will they never believe me, even after all the miraculous signs I have done among them? NLT

Numbers 16:20-21

20 and the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 21 "Get away from these people so that I may instantly destroy them!" NLT

Numbers 16:45

45 "Get away from these people so that I can instantly destroy them!" But Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground. NLT

Numbers 25:3-4

3 Before long Israel was joining in the worship of Baal of Peor, causing the LORD's anger to blaze against his people.

4 The LORD issued the following command to Moses: "Seize all the ringleaders and execute them before the LORD in broad daylight, so his fierce anger will turn away from the people of Israel." NLT

Numbers 25:11

11 "Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest has turned my anger away from the Israelites by displaying passionate zeal among them on my behalf. So I have stopped destroying all Israel as I had intended to do in my anger. NLT

Numbers 32:10-11

10 Then the LORD was furious with them, and he vowed, 11 `Of all those I rescued from Egypt, no one who is twenty years old or older will ever see the land I solemnly promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, for they have not obeyed me completely. NLT

Numbers 32:13

13 "The LORD was furious with Israel and made them wander in the wilderness for forty years until the whole generation that sinned against him had died. NLT

Deuteronomy 6:14-15

14 "You must not worship any of the gods of neighboring nations, 15 for the LORD your God, who lives among you, is a jealous God. His anger will flare up against you and wipe you from the face of the earth. NLT

Deuteronomy 9:13-14

13 "The LORD said to me, `I have been watching this people, and they are extremely stubborn. 14 Leave me alone so I may destroy them and erase their name from under heaven. Then I will make a mighty nation of your descendants, a nation larger and more powerful than they are.' NLT

Deuteronomy 9:18-20

18 Then for forty days and nights I lay prostrate before the LORD, neither eating bread nor drinking water. I did this because you had sinned by doing what the LORD hated, thus making him very angry. 19 How I feared for you, for the LORD was ready to destroy you. But again he listened to me. 20 The LORD was so angry with Aaron that he wanted to destroy him. But I prayed for Aaron, and the LORD spared him. NLT

Deuteronomy 32:21-22

21 They have roused my jealousy by worshiping non-gods;

they have provoked my fury with useless idols.

Now I will rouse their jealousy by blessing other nations;

I will provoke their fury by blessing the foolish Gentiles.

22 For my anger blazes forth like fire

and burns to the depths of the grave.

It devours the earth and all its crops

and ignites the foundations of the mountains. NLT

Joshua 7:1

1 Ai Defeats the Israelites

But Israel was unfaithful concerning the things set apart for the LORD. A man named Achan had stolen some of these things, so the LORD was very angry with the Israelites. Achan was the son of Carmi, of the family of Zimri, of the clan of Zerah, and of the tribe of Judah. NLT

Joshua 7:26

26 They piled a great heap of stones over Achan, which remains to this day. That is why the place has been called the Valley of Trouble ever since. So the LORD was no longer angry. NLT

Joshua 23:16

16 If you break the covenant of the LORD your God by worshiping and serving other gods, his anger will burn against you, and you will quickly be wiped out from the good land he has given you." NLT

Judges 2:12

12 They abandoned the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They chased after other gods, worshiping the gods of the people around them. And they angered the LORD. NLT

Judges 3:8

8 Then the LORD burned with anger against Israel, and he handed them over to King Cushan-rishathaim of Aram-naharaim. And the Israelites were subject to Cushan-rishathaim for eight years. NLT

Judges 10:7

7 So the LORD burned with anger against Israel, and he handed them over to the Philistines and the Ammonites, NLT

1 Samuel 28:18

18 The LORD has done this because you did not obey his instructions concerning the Amalekites. NLT

2 Samuel 6:7

7 Then the LORD's anger blazed out against Uzzah for doing this, and God struck him dead beside the Ark of God. NLT

2 Samuel 22:8-9

8 "Then the earth quaked and trembled;

the foundations of the heavens shook;

they quaked because of his anger.

9 Smoke poured from his nostrils;

fierce flames leaped from his mouth;

glowing coals flamed forth from him. NLT

1 Kings 11:9

9 The LORD was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. NLT

1 Kings 16:2-13

2 "I lifted you out of the dust to make you ruler of my people Israel, but you have followed the evil example of Jeroboam. You have aroused my anger by causing my people to sin. 3 So now I will destroy you and your family, just as I destroyed the descendants of Jeroboam son of Nebat. 4 Those of your family who die in the city will be eaten by dogs, and those who die in the field will be eaten by the vultures."

5 The rest of the events in Baasha's reign and the extent of his power are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel. 6 When Baasha died, he was buried in Tirzah. Then his son Elah became the next king.

7 This message from the LORD had been spoken against Baasha and his family through the prophet Jehu son of Hanani. It was delivered because Baasha had done what was evil in the LORD's sight, arousing him to anger by his sins, just like the family of Jeroboam, and also because Baasha had destroyed the family of Jeroboam.

Elah Rules in Israel

8 Elah son of Baasha began to rule over Israel from Tirzah in the twenty-sixth year of King Asa's reign in Judah. He reigned in Israel two years. 9 Then Zimri, who commanded half of the royal chariots, made plans to kill him. One day in Tirzah, Elah was getting drunk at the home of Arza, the supervisor of the palace. 10 Zimri walked in and struck him down and killed him. This happened in the twenty-seventh year of King Asa's reign in Judah. Then Zimri became the next king.

11 Zimri immediately killed the entire royal family of Baasha, and he did not leave a single male child. He even destroyed distant relatives and friends. 12 So Zimri destroyed the dynasty of Baasha as the LORD had promised through the prophet Jehu. 13 This happened because of the sins of Baasha and his son Elah and because of all the sins they led Israel to commit, arousing the anger of the LORD, the God of Israel, with their idols. NLT

2 Kings 13:3

3 So the LORD was very angry with Israel, and he allowed King Hazael of Aram and his son Ben-hadad to defeat them time after time. NLT

2 Kings 17:18

18 And because the LORD was angry, he swept them from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah remained in the land. NLT

2 Kings 22:13

13 "Go to the Temple and speak to the LORD for me and for the people and for all Judah. Ask him about the words written in this scroll that has been found. The LORD's anger is burning against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words in this scroll. We have not been doing what this scroll says we must do." NLT

2 Kings 23:26

26 Even so, the LORD's anger burned against Judah because of all the great evils of King Manasseh, and he did not hold back his fierce anger from them. NLT

Psalms 7:11

11 God is a judge who is perfectly fair.

He is angry with the wicked every day. NLT

Psalms 69:24

24 Pour out your fury on them;

consume them with your burning anger. NLT

Psalms 74:1

1 A psalm of Asaph.

O God, why have you rejected us forever?

Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture? NLT

Psalms 76:7

7 No wonder you are greatly feared!

Who can stand before you when your anger explodes? NLT

Psalms 78:21

21 When the LORD heard them, he was angry.

The fire of his wrath burned against Jacob.

Yes, his anger rose against Israel, NLT

Psalms 78:38

38 Yet he was merciful and forgave their sins

and didn't destroy them all.

Many a time he held back his anger

and did not unleash his fury! NLT

Psalms 78:49-50

49 He loosed on them his fierce anger--

all his fury, rage, and hostility.

He dispatched against them

a band of destroying angels.

50 He turned his anger against them;

he did not spare the Egyptians' lives

but handed them over to the plague. NLT

Psalms 85:3

3 You have withdrawn your fury.

You have ended your blazing anger. NLT

Psalms 90:11

11 Who can comprehend the power of your anger?

Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve. NLT

Psalms 103:8

8 The LORD is merciful and gracious;

he is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love. NLT

Psalms 106:23

23 So he declared he would destroy them.

But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the LORD and the people.

He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them. NLT

Psalms 106:29

29 They angered the LORD with all these things,

so a plague broke out among them. NLT

Psalms 106:32

32 At Meribah, too, they angered the LORD,

causing Moses serious trouble. NLT

Psalms 110:5

5 The Lord stands at your right hand to protect you.

He will strike down many kings in the day of his anger. NLT

Isaiah 5:25

25 That is why the anger of the LORD burns against his people. That is why he has raised his fist to crush them. The hills tremble, and the rotting bodies of his people are thrown as garbage into the streets. But even then the LORD's anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike! NLT

Isaiah 9:17

17 That is why the Lord has no joy in the young men and no mercy on even the widows and orphans. For they are all hypocrites, speaking wickedness with lies. But even then the LORD's anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike. NLT

Isaiah 9:19

19 The land is blackened by the fury of the LORD Almighty. The people are fuel for the fire, and no one spares anyone else. NLT

Isaiah 9:21

21 Manasseh will feed on Ephraim, Ephraim will feed on Manasseh, and both will devour Judah. But even then the LORD's anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike. NLT

Isaiah 12:1

1 Songs of Praise for Salvation

In that day you will sing:

"Praise the LORD!

He was angry with me,

but now he comforts me. NLT

Isaiah 13:9

9 For see, the day of the LORD is coming--the terrible day of his fury and fierce anger. The land will be destroyed and all the sinners with it. NLT

Isaiah 13:13

13 For I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move from its place. I, the LORD Almighty, will show my fury and fierce anger." NLT

Isaiah 30:27

27 Look! The LORD is coming from far away, burning with anger, surrounded by a thick, rising smoke. His lips are filled with fury; his words consume like fire. NLT

Isaiah 42:25

25 That is why he poured out such fury on them and destroyed them in battle. They were set on fire and burned, but they still refused to understand. NLT

Isaiah 48:9

9 Yet for my own sake and for the honor of my name, I will hold back my anger and not wipe you out. NLT

Isaiah 57:16-17

16 For I will not fight against you forever; I will not always show my anger. If I did, all people would pass away--all the souls I have made. 17 I was angry and punished these greedy people. I withdrew myself from them, but they went right on sinning. NLT

Isaiah 63:3-6

3 "I have trodden the winepress alone; no one was there to help me. In my anger I have trampled my enemies as if they were grapes. In my fury I have trampled my foes. It is their blood that has stained my clothes. 4 For the time has come for me to avenge my people, to ransom them from their oppressors. 5 I looked, but no one came to help my people. I was amazed and appalled at what I saw. So I executed vengeance alone; unaided, I passed down judgment. 6 I crushed the nations in my anger and made them stagger and fall to the ground." NLT

Isaiah 66:15

15 See, the LORD is coming with fire, and his swift chariots of destruction roar like a whirlwind. He will bring punishment with the fury of his anger and the flaming fire of his hot rebuke. NLT

Jeremiah 3:12

12 Therefore, go and say these words to Israel, `This is what the LORD says: O Israel, my faithless people, come home to me again, for I am merciful. I will not be angry with you forever. NLT

Jeremiah 4:4

4 Cleanse your minds and hearts before the LORD, or my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins. NLT

Jeremiah 4:8

8 So put on clothes of mourning and weep with broken hearts, for the fierce anger of the LORD is still upon us. NLT

Jeremiah 4:26

26 I looked, and the fertile fields had become a wilderness. The cities lay in ruins, crushed by the LORD's fierce anger. NLT

Jeremiah 7:20

20 So the Sovereign LORD says: "I will pour out my terrible fury on this place. Its people, animals, trees, and crops will be consumed by the unquenchable fire of my anger." NLT

Jeremiah 10:10

10 But the LORD is the only true God, the living God. He is the everlasting King! The whole earth trembles at his anger. The nations hide before his wrath. NLT

Jeremiah 17:4

4 The wonderful inheritance I have reserved for you will slip out of your hands, and I will send you away as captives to a foreign land. For you have kindled my anger into a roaring fire that will burn forever."NLT

Jeremiah 21:5-6

5 I myself will fight against you with great power, for I am very angry. You have made me furious! 6 I will send a terrible plague upon this city, and both people and animals will die. NLT

Jeremiah 23:20

20 The anger of the LORD will not diminish until it has finished all his plans. In the days to come, you will understand all this very clearly. NLT

Jeremiah 25:15-17

15 Then the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me, "Take from my hand this cup filled to the brim with my anger, and make all the nations to whom I send you drink from it. 16 When they drink from it, they will stagger, crazed by the warfare I will send against them."

17 So I took the cup of anger from the LORD and made all the nations drink from it--every nation the LORD sent me to. NLT

Jeremiah 25:37-38

37 Peaceful meadows will be turned into a wasteland by the LORD's fierce anger. 38 He has left his den like a lion seeking its prey, and their land will be made desolate by the sword of the enemy and the LORD's fierce anger. NLT

Jeremiah 30:24

24 The fierce anger of the LORD will not diminish until it has finished all his plans. In the days to come, you will understand all this. NLT

Jeremiah 32:37

37 I will surely bring my people back again from all the countries where I will scatter them in my fury. I will bring them back to this very city and let them live in peace and safety. NLT

Jeremiah 33:5

5 the Babylonians will still enter. The men of this city are already as good as dead, for I have determined to destroy them in my terrible anger. I have abandoned them because of all their wickedness. NLT

Jeremiah 36:7

7 Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the LORD's forgiveness before it is too late. For the LORD's terrible anger has been pronounced against them." NLT

Jeremiah 42:18

18 "For the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: `Just as my anger and fury were poured out on the people of Jerusalem, so they will be poured out on you when you enter Egypt. You will become an object of damnation, horror, cursing, and mockery. And you will never see your homeland again.' NLT

Jeremiah 44:6

6 And so my fury boiled over and fell like fire on the towns of Judah and into the streets of Jerusalem, and now they are a desolate ruin. NLT

Jeremiah 51:45

45 "Listen, my people, flee from Babylon. Save yourselves! Run from the LORD's fierce anger. NLT

Lamentations 2:1

1 God's Anger at Sin

The Lord in his anger has cast a dark shadow over Jerusalem. The fairest of Israel's cities lies in the dust, thrown down from the heights of heaven. In his day of awesome fury, the Lord has shown no mercy even to his Temple. NLT

Lamentations 2:3

3 All the strength of Israel vanishes beneath his fury. The Lord has withdrawn his protection as the enemy attacks. He consumes the whole land of Israel like a raging fire. NLT

Lamentations 2:6

6 He has broken down his Temple as though it were merely a garden shelter. The LORD has blotted out all memory of the holy festivals and Sabbath days. Kings and priests fall together before his anger. NLT

Lamentations 4:11

11 But now the anger of the LORD is satisfied. His fiercest anger has now been poured out. He started a fire in Jerusalem that burned the city to its foundations. NLT

Ezekiel 5:13

13 Then at last my anger will be spent, and I will be satisfied. And when my fury against them has subsided, all Israel will know that I, the LORD, have spoken to them in my jealous anger. NLT

Ezekiel 5:15

15 You will become an object of mockery and taunting and horror. You will be a warning to all the nations around you. They will see what happens when the LORD turns against a nation in furious rebuke. I, the LORD, have spoken! NLT

Ezekiel 25:14-17

14 By the hand of my people of Israel, I will accomplish this. They will carry out my furious vengeance, and Edom will know it is from me. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!

A Message for Philistia

15 "And the Sovereign LORD says: The people of Philistia have acted against Judah out of revenge and long-standing contempt. 16 Therefore, says the Sovereign LORD, I will raise my fist of judgment against the land of the Philistines. I will wipe out the Kerethites and utterly destroy the people who live by the sea. 17 I will execute terrible vengeance against them to rebuke them for what they have done. And when I have inflicted my revenge, then they will know that I am the LORD." NLT

Daniel 9:16

16 In view of all your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn your furious anger away from your city of Jerusalem, your holy mountain. All the neighboring nations mock Jerusalem and your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors. NLT

Hosea 11:9

9 No, I will not punish you as much as my burning anger tells me to. I will not completely destroy Israel, for I am God and not a mere mortal. I am the Holy One living among you, and I will not come to destroy. NLT

Hosea 13:11

11 In my anger I gave you kings, and in my fury I took them away. NLT

Hosea 14:4

4 The LORD says, "Then I will heal you of your idolatry and faithlessness, and my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever! NLT

Nahum 1:2-3

2 The LORD is a jealous God, filled with vengeance and wrath. He takes revenge on all who oppose him and furiously destroys his enemies! 3 The LORD is slow to get angry, but his power is great, and he never lets the guilty go unpunished. He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet. NLT

Nahum 1:6

6 Who can stand before his fierce anger? Who can survive his burning fury? His rage blazes forth like fire, and the mountains crumble to dust in his presence. NLT

Matthew 22:7

7 "Then the king became furious. He sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn their city. NLT

Matthew 22:13

13 Then the king said to his aides, `Bind him hand and foot and throw him out into the outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.' NLT

Romans 1:18

18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves. NLT

Romans 2:5

5 But no, you won't listen. So you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself because of your stubbornness in refusing to turn from your sin. For there is going to come a day of judgment when God, the just judge of all the world, NLT

Ephesians 5:6

6 Don't be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the terrible anger of God comes upon all those who disobey him. NLT

Colossians 3:6

6 God's terrible anger will come upon those who do such things. NLT

Hebrews 3:11

11 So in my anger I made a vow:

`They will never enter my place of rest.' " NLT

Hebrews 4:3

3 For only we who believe can enter his place of rest. As for those who didn't believe, God said,

"In my anger I made a vow:

`They will never enter my place of rest,' "

even though his place of rest has been ready since he made the world. NLT

Revelation 6:16-17

16 And they cried to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. 17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who will be able to survive?" NLT

Revelation 14:10-11

10 must drink the wine of God's wrath. It is poured out undiluted into God's cup of wrath. And they will be tormented with fire and burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb. 11 The smoke of their torment rises forever and ever, and they will have no relief day or night, for they have worshiped the beast and his statue and have accepted the mark of his name. NLT

Revelation 15:1

1 The Song of Moses and of the Lamb

Then I saw in heaven another significant event, and it was great and marvelous. Seven angels were holding the seven last plagues, which would bring God's wrath to completion. NLT

Revelation 15:7

7 And one of the four living beings handed each of the seven angels a gold bowl filled with the terrible wrath of God, who lives forever and forever. NLT

Revelation 16:19

19 The great city of Babylon split into three pieces, and cities around the world fell into heaps of rubble. And so God remembered all of Babylon's sins, and he made her drink the cup that was filled with the wine of his fierce wrath. NLT

Revelation 19:15

15 From his mouth came a sharp sword, and with it he struck down the nations. He ruled them with an iron rod, and he trod the winepress of the fierce wrath of almighty God. NLT