Some jottings about anger in the scriptures.



  • When a divine being infuses men with anger, it is always Satan that does it (e.g.). Contrast with 3 Nephi 11:30, “this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another”


  • The exception is 2 Nephi 8:20/Isaiah 51:20 -
  • Thy sons have fainted, save these two; they lie at the head of all the streets; as a wild bull in a net, they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God.

  • There are some scriptures that can be said to be positive about anger in a constrained way, or that at least indicate that anger simpliciter is not wrong: Proverbs 25:23, Ephesians 4:26 (but see the JST), Titus 1:7, Ecclesiastes 7:9, D&C 121:43


I don’t have any obvious way of reconciling all this.  We are dealing either with a mystery or with something God wants us to wrestle with.

Note: I generated the above by the crude method of electronically searching scripture for the terms wrath, anger, indignation, and rage.
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