Bible Verses about Anger

While reviewing these Bible verses about anger, we are reminded of how God wants us to exhibit self-control and not let anger interfere with our life as a Christian.

Most of us get angry from time to time no matter how hard we try to maintain an inner calm.

It happens.

But how do we deal with anger? How do we minimize it or avoid it? Is it even possible?

These Scriptures on anger will explore and answer these questions. They are great for self reflection in letting God’s word become part of the core of our being and transform us from within by his Holy Spirit.

20 Bible Verses about Anger


“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” [English Standard Version, Ephesians 4:26-27]


“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” [James 1:19-20]


“Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil” [Psalm 37:8]


“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” [Proverbs 15:1]


“I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;” [1 Timothy 2:8]


“but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen?” [Genesis 4:5-6]


“and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle.” And Moses took the staff from before the LORD, as he commanded him. Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.”” [Numbers 20:7-12]


“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.” [Matthew 5:22]


“For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish–that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.” [2 Corinthians 12:30]


“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.” [Proverbs 14:29]


“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” [Ephesians 6:4]


“The wicked man sees it and is angry; he gnashes his teeth and melts away; the desire of the wicked will perish!” [Psalm 112:10]


“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense” [Proverbs 19:11]


“A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.” [Proverbs 15:18]


“Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.” [Psalm 4:4]


“For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,” [Titus 1:7]


“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.” [Proverbs 29:11]


“But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.” [Colossians 3:8]


“Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.” [Ecclesiastes 7:9]


“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” [Ephesians 4:31]


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What Does the Bible Say About Anger?

These Bible verses about anger tell us that anger does not bring out the righteousness of God, but instead stirs up wrath, produces folly, and often results in evil.

Because of this, the Bible advises us to avoid being around people that are quick to anger and even bars them from any type of ministry.

The first place anger is mentioned in the Bible is where Cain was angry before he killed his brother. And Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land because he hit the rock in anger with his rod rather than just speaking to it as instructed by God.

In these Scriptures on anger, we are also provided with several tips on how to deal with anger when it comes. One I have used effectively myself is to rest and calm down, allowing a calmer head to prevail. We are also told to pray. And if we see anger developing in others, we are advised to use a soft answer and not provoke them.


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