|Hosea 4:1 & 6 says: "Listen to the word of the LORD. |
... My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."
Jesus said: "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matthew 10:16 NASB).
|THE ACTION OF ANGER|
THE ANGER of MAN DOETH NOT THAT WHICH IS RIGHT
Tertullian, the early Christian writer (A.D. 145-220), said: "WHEN PRAYING THE FATHER, YOU ARE NOT TO BE ANGRY WITH A BROTHER. That we may not be as far from the ears of God as we are from His precepts, the memory of His precepts paves for our prayers a way unto heaven; of which precepts the chief is, that we go not up unto God's altar before we compose whatever of discord or offence we have contracted with our brethren. For what sort of deed is it to approach the peace of God without peace? How will he appease his Father who is angry with his brother, when from the beginning 'all anger' is forbidden us?" 1
It should surprise no one, then, that the Apostle Paul would say in 1 Timothy 2:8 (NASB): "Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger and dissension." (See the footnote for the two Greek words that are translated by the English words without anger.) 2 Make no mistake about it: holy means holy; without means without; and anger means anger, whether expressed or suppressed. It cannot be any plainer than that.
James 1:19-20 (NASB) says: "This you know, my beloved brethren. But let every one be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger, 3 for (Thayers Greek-English Lexicon, page 109, 4 says: "for or some previous declaration is explained whence gar, [transliterated, "gar"] takes on an explicative force: for, the fact is, namely") the anger 5 of man does not achieve the righteousness of God."
The Expositor's Greek Testament, Volume Four, page 431, says: "the writer is recalling to the minds of his hearers familiar sayings. . . . A similar precept is quoted in Qoheleth Rabba, v. 5." 7
"1-4. . . . To the twelve tribes. The Jews are often so designated. See Acts 26:7. Scattered abroad. Rather "of the Dispersion," a term applied to Jews outside of Judea. . . .
12-15. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation. He that endures and continues faithful shall have the crown. 13. Let no man say . . . I am tempted by God. Some men when they fall try to throw the blame on God, as if God had tempted them. It is impossible that God be tempted of sin, nor does he ever tempt men to sin, but: 14. But every man is tempted when he suffers his own lusts to lead and entice him. There can be no temptation unless something within us causes a sinful desire. 15. When lust hath conceived. The course of sin is described as that of a birth. The sinful desire is the conception; the sinful deed the birth; moral and eternal death the final result. 16-18. Do not err, Either about the source of sin or of all good gifts.19-25. Wherefore . . . be swift to hear. Let each saint hear and learn, but be careful not to speak rashly, and especially in anger. 20. For the wrath of man. An angry man will show forth something very different from God's righteousness. 21. Lay aside all filthiness. Every impurity of life. Naughtiness. "Overflowing" of wickedness in the Revision. Wrath would cause such an overflow. The engrafted word. The word of God planted in your hearts. 22. Be ye doers. He who is only a hearer deceiveth himself. See Matt. 7:21-23. 23, 24." 8
"Slow to wrath-- (Jas. 3:13, 14; 4:5). Slow in becoming heated by debate: another Jewish fault (Rom. 2:8), to which much speaking tends. TITTMANN thinks not so much "wrath" is meant, as an indignant feeling of fretfulness under the calamities to which the whole of human life is exposed; this accords with the "divers temptations" in Jas. 1:2. Hastiness of temper hinders hearing God's word; so Naaman, 2Ki. 5:11; Lu. 4:28.
20. . . . True 'righteousness is sown in peace,' not in wrath (Jas. 3:18). The oldest and best reading means 'worketh,' that is, practiceth not: the received reading is 'worketh,' produceth not."
Questions for Discussion
CHAPTER VI FOOTNOTES:1 The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume III (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Reprinted 1976), page 685.
2 The two Greek words properly translated "without anger" in I Timothy 2:8 are: cwriV orghV.
cwriV transliterated choris, is an adverb that means according to The Analytical Greek Lexicon: apart from; on a distinct footing from; without the employment of. It is the same word used in 1 Timothy 5:21 and is there translated: "without." And, orghV transliterated orges, is the genitive singular of orgh, transliterated orge, a noun; and it refers to "the fact, topic or theme of anger."
3 The Greek word translated anger is the noun orghn -- orgen, accusative singular of orgh -- transliterated: orge.
4 Thayer's Greek-English LEXICON of the New Testament by Joseph Henry Thayer, D.D. (Grand Rapids MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1966) page 109.
5 orgh -- transliterated orge, nominative singular of orge, "the fact, topic or theme of anger."
6 Alford's Greek Testament, Volume IV (Grand Rapids, MI: Guardian Press, 1976, Public Domain).
7 The Expositor's Greek Testament, Vol. Four (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1976) page 431.
8 The People's New Testament by Barton W. Johnson (St. Louis, MO: Christian Publishing Company, 1891, Public Domain).
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