Dictionary of Bible Themes
A refusal to wait for people or developments, frequently displaying a lack of faith.
Examples of impatience
Numbers 21:4; Psalm 106:13; Isaiah 59:7 1 Samuel 13:6-12 Saul made the offering without waiting for Samuel; 2 Samuel 13:2 Amnon with his half-sister, Tamar; 2 Samuel 14:29 Absalom with Joab; 2 Samuel 18:14 Joab with Absalom; 2 Kings 5:11-12 Naaman; 2 Kings 6:33 King Joram
Job 6:11; Job 21:4 Job 32:16 Elihu; Matthew 18:29-30 the unforgiving debtor; Luke 15:2 The younger son could not wait for his inheritance; John 21:3 Peter; Acts 20:16 Paul; 1 Corinthians 11:20-21 the Corinthian Christians at their communal meal; Revelation 6:10-11 the martyrs waiting for the Lord to avenge their deaths
Warnings against impatience
Haste leads to poverty:
Warnings against hasty speech: