Definition of Anger

Moses’ anger was directed at how his brethren was treated by the Egyptians. What he did with his anger resulted in trouble for him. Moses allowed his emotions to overpower him. The crime was of passion–he committed murder. He was right about the injustice. His reaction was wrong. He was not prepared for the task that God had called him to do. Because of this, God had to work on Moses on the back side of a desert for 40 years. He had to realize that he could not rescue his people in his own strength. God needed a godly leader to lead His chosen nation Israel out of bondage.

Look at what Biblical Counseling Library lists concerning anger:

  • Anger is a strong emotion of irritation or agitation that occurs when a need or expectation is not met.
  • Anger is the fuel for what the Bible describes as hot-tempered or quick-tempered person.
  • Anger in the Old Testament is most frequently the Hebrew word aph, literally meaning “nose or nostrils” and figuratively, picturing nostrils flaring with anger. Later aph came to represent the entire face as seen in two ancient Hebrew idioms:

–Long of face (or nose) meaning slow to anger

–Short of face (or nose) meaning quick to anger


  • Anger in the New Testament is the Greek word orge which meant any “natural impulse or desire,” but later came to signify “anger as the strongest of all passions.” It is often translated as “wrath” because of its powerful lasting nature. [Vine, Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words.]

This reminds me of Martin Luther King. He advocated peace marches instead of retaliation against those who harmed people.


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