We have been creating a Child Training Bible this summer. How many of you know that teaching your children is the best way to teach yourself?

The Child Training Bible, $9.00 by Mindy Dunn (2012)

The Scriptures: On Anger

Here are the scriptures we selected to include in our Training Bible, for this topic (we tried to balance Old Testament and New Testament readings for each topic):

  • Ps 30:4-5: “Sing unto the Lord, O ye Saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness. For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
  • Ps 37:8: “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.”
  • Prov 12:16: “A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.”
  • Prov 14:17: “He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.”
  • Prov 15:1: “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
  • Eccl 7:9: “Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.”
  • Ja 1:19-20: “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
  • Mt 5:22: “But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry without cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say ‘Thou fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”
  • Eph 4:26-27: “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil.”
  • Eph 4:29-32: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Two people in a heated argument about religion...
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Notes on the Scriptures:

I had to look up the word, “raca” in the scripture from Matthew. I found that it was an Aramaic word which translates like the English pejorative, “Stupid!” A clue for this is in the end of the verse, where Jesus talks about calling someone a “fool.”

How We Used This Study:

We selected the verses by Googling, “ten scriptures about anger,” as a starting place. Then we found each scripture in a new bible, just for study and training our kids. We used Mindy Dunn’s guide for color coding the scriptures, and tabbed the pages with the same color sticky tab. As we read each scripture, we talked about what they revealed about God’s character, and what He expects of our own.

I don’t know about the kids, but I find that, when I read the section about anger when I am angry, I cease being angry and find my attitude to be quickly adjusted.

Next Week: What Does God Say About Complaining?