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Proverbs 14:29 | Slow to Wrath or Hasty to Spirit

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Week 43: Proverbs 14:29

He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

Scripture Memory

He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. Proverbs 14:29

He that islow to wrath iof great understanding: but he that ihasty of spirit exalteth folly. Proverbs 14:29

H_ t___ i_ s___ t_ w____ i_ o_ g____ u____________: b__ h_ t___ i_ h____ o_ s_____ e_______ f____. Proverbs 14:29

Bible Context

Who?

King Solomon

When?

Early in his reign, after 970 B.C.

Why?

To apply God’s wisdom to daily life.

For whom?

Israelites (The Jewish People).

Word Studies

He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. Proverbs 14:29

Slow | אָרֵךְ

'ārēḵ

Pronunciation: aw-rake'

Definition:

  • Long (pinions)
  • Patient, slow to anger

Translations:

  • Slow 9x
  • Patient 1x

Great | רַב

raḇ

Pronunciation: rab

Definition:

  • much
  • abounding in
  • more numerous than
  • strong

Translations:

  • many 190x
  • great 118x
  • much 36x
  • captain 24x
  • enough 9x

Hasty | קָצֵר

qāṣēr

Pronunciation: kaw-tsare'

Definition:

  • short, impatient (in size, number, life, etc.)

Translations:

  • small 2x
  • few 1x
  • soon 1x
  • hasty 1x

Spirit | רוּחַ

rûaḥ

Pronunciation: roo'-akh

Definition:

  • vain, empty thing
  • disposition (of various kinds), unaccountable or uncontrollable impulse
  • spirit (of the living, breathing being in man and animals)
  • spirit (as seat of emotion)

Translations:

  • Spirit or spirit 232x
  • Wind 92x
  • Breath 27x

Exalteth | רוּם

rûm

Pronunciation: room

Definition:

  • To rise up, be high, be lofty
  • Be set on high
  • To raise or rear (children), cause to grow up
  • To lift off and present, contribute, offer

Translations:

  • (lift, hold, etc…) up 63x
  • Exalt 47x
  • High 25x

Paraphrase

He that is [patient, slow] to wrath is of [much, abounding] understanding: but he that is [short, impatient] of [disposition] [raises up, lifts up] folly. Proverbs 14:29

Bible Cross References

Ecclesiastes 7:9

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

Matthew 11:29

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

James 1:19

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Reflections

About God

God is the epitome of “slow to wrath,” (see Psalm 86:15) – as in other areas of our life, He is our example to follow for patience and wisdom.

About Self

My tendency is to be impatient, especially when things aren’t going “my way.” I need to remember to see where that is causing me to exalt folly rather than seek wisdom.

Questions to Ask Myself

  • Have I taken Jesus’s yoke upon myself, to join myself with Him in patience and wisdom?
  • When am I most likely to be impatient instead? How can I exchange impatience for patience? (Hint: it’s only with the help of God!)
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