Using our definitions above we are told to stop being angry, and let go of passionate and viscious anger. �Fret� is an interesting word for what we’re examining. It is the Hebrew word “charah” and means:
- 1) to be hot, furious, burn, become angry, be kindled
- a) (Qal) to burn, kindle (anger)
- b) (Niphal) to be angry with, be incensed
- c) (Hiphil) to burn, kindle
- d) (Hithpael) to heat oneself in vexation
So we are cautioned to not let ourselves get so worked up that we do evil.
Being told to stop being angry and let go of vicious anger and not do evil ourselves when we look on the prosperity of the wicked who have prospered, because we are to trust God, is beautiful counsel. Absolutely! We should not covet and seek to meet our own needs or wants for material things – we are to trust in the Lord and wait for His timing. But this is not a verse that can be used to suggest that anger itself is a sin. So far this idea has not been supported by either verse we’ve examined.
I have to admit, as we take a moment for Proverbs 29:11, that I’m not at all sure what version of Scripture the person who compiled this list was using. Because this is how it reads in the KJV:
“A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise [man] keepeth it in till afterwards.” I agree with that. I suppose it would apply to anger as well as anything else, but the idea is that a fool spews everything on their mind without thinking about it, but a wise man holds his tongue. Having anger isn’t the issue (even in her version), but spewing it without any thought to the matter. Having anger isn’t contrasted with having self control; spewing everything on your mind is contrasted with having self control. This is a huge difference.