Ecclesiastes 7:9
New International Version
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

New Living Translation
Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.

English Standard Version
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.

Berean Study Bible
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger settles in the lap of a fool.

New American Standard Bible
Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools.

King James Bible
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Christian Standard Bible
Don't let your spirit rush to be angry, for anger abides in the heart of fools.

Contemporary English Version
Only fools get angry quickly and hold a grudge.

Good News Translation
Keep your temper under control; it is foolish to harbor a grudge.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't let your spirit rush to be angry, for anger abides in the heart of fools.

International Standard Version
Never be in a hurry to become internally angry, since anger settles down in the lap of fools.

NET Bible
Do not let yourself be quickly provoked, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

New Heart English Bible
Do not be hasty in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be quick to get angry, because anger is typical of fools.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; For anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

New American Standard 1977
Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not be hasty in thy spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

King James 2000 Bible
Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

American King James Version
Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

American Standard Version
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger will rest in the bosom of fools.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not quickly angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of a fool.

Darby Bible Translation
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be vexed; for vexation resteth in the bosom of fools.

English Revised Version
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

World English Bible
Don't be hasty in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

Young's Literal Translation
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry, For anger in the bosom of fools resteth.
Study Bible
The Value of Wisdom
8The end of a matter is better than the beginning, and a patient spirit is better than a proud one. 9Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger settles in the lap of a fool. 10Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is unwise of you to ask about this.…
Cross References
James 1:19
My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,

Proverbs 14:17
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a devious man is hated.

Proverbs 14:29
A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man promotes folly.

Ecclesiastes 7:10
Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?" For it is unwise of you to ask about this.

Treasury of Scripture

Be not hasty in your spirit to be angry: for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

hasty

1 Samuel 25:21,22
Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good…

2 Samuel 19:43
And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

Esther 3:5,6
And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath…

anger

Genesis 4:5,6,8
But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell…

Genesis 34:7,8,25,26,30,31
And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done…

2 Samuel 13:22,28,32
And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar…







Lexicon
Do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

be quickly
תְּבַהֵ֥ל (tə·ḇa·hêl)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 926: To tremble inwardly, be, alarmed, agitated, to hasten anxiously

provoked
לִכְע֑וֹס (liḵ·‘ō·ws)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3707: To trouble, to grieve, rage, be indignant

in your spirit,
בְּרֽוּחֲךָ֖ (bə·rū·ḥă·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

for
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

anger
כַ֔עַס (ḵa·‘as)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3708: Vexation, anger

settles
יָנֽוּחַ׃ (yā·nū·aḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5117: To rest, settle down

in the lap
בְּחֵ֥יק (bə·ḥêq)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2436: The bosom

of a fool.
כְּסִילִ֖ים (kə·sî·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool
(9) Resteth.--Proverbs 14:33.

Verse 9. - Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry. A further warning against the arrogance which murmurs at Providence and revolts against the checks of the Divine arrangement. The injunction in Ecclesiastes 5:2 might be taken in this sense. It is not a general admonition against unrighteous anger, but is leveled at the haughty indignation which a proud man feels when things do not go as he wishes, and he deems that he could have managed matters more satisfactorily. For anger resteth in the bosom of fools. Such unreasonable displeasure is the mark of a foolish or skeptical mind, and if it rests (Proverbs 14:33), is fostered and cherished there, may develop into misanthropy and atheism. If we adopt the rendering" word" in ver. 8, we may see in this injunction a warning against being quick to take offence at a rebuke, as it is only the fool who will not look to the object of the censure and see that it ought to be patiently submitted to. On the subject of anger St. Gregory writes, "As often as we restrain the turbulent motions of the mind under the virtue of mildness, we are essaying to return to the likeness of our Creator. For when the peace of mind is lashed with anger, torn and rent, as it were, it is thrown into confusion, so that it is not in harmony with itself, and loses the force of the inward likeness. By anger wisdom is parted with, so that we are left wholly in ignorance what to do; as it is written, 'Anger resteth in the bosom of a fool,' in this way, that it withdraws the light of understanding, while by agitating it troubles the mind" ('Moral.,' 5:78). 7:7-10 The event of our trials and difficulties is often better than at first we thought. Surely it is better to be patient in spirit, than to be proud and hasty. Be not soon angry, nor quick in resenting an affront. Be not long angry; though anger may come into the bosom of a wise man, it passes through it as a way-faring man; it dwells only in the bosom of fools. It is folly to cry out upon the badness of our times, when we have more reason to cry out for the badness of our own hearts; and even in these times we enjoy many mercies. It is folly to cry up the goodness of former times; as if former ages had not the like things to complain of that we have: this arises from discontent, and aptness to quarrel with God himself.
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