Ecclesiastes 7:9 “Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. “

So we’re cautioned to not rush into being angry, but the Hebrew word for “to be angry” here is “ka-ac” and means:

  • 1) to be angry, be vexed, be indignant, be wroth, be grieved, provoke to anger and wrath
  • a) (Qal)
  • 1) to be vexed, be indignant
  • 2) to be angry
  • b) (Piel) to provoke to anger
  • c) (Hiphil)
  • 1) to vex
  • 2) to vex, provoke to anger

So we’re not to be quickly provoked to anger. Our response isn’t supposed to be hasty anger. There is no instruction to not be angry, but a caution against being easily angered. Why? “Anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” Being easily provoked to anger is a quality possessed by fools. That is a defining quality of a fool – not being angry, but being easily provoked. A fool is “1) fool, stupid fellow, dullard, simpleton, arrogant one”. It’s arrogant and stupid and foolish to have your first response, or your regular response, be anger. This is not addressing being angry, it’s addressing the character quality of an angry person.


2 Corinthians 12:20 “For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and [that] I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest [there be] debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:”

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