Proverbs 19:11 – Anger and Glory

Proverbs 19:11
The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

-If there’s one biblical teaching that’s bound to quiet even the loudest-shouting Christian, it’s the idea of turning the other cheek (Matthew 5:39).  If we feel like we’ve genuinely been wronged, it opens a door to all manner of wicked thoughts, emotions and even actions that we find ways to justify.  It may seem impossible to let go of anger sometimes, but let’s consider what the Bible is telling us in this Proverb.  The word glory used here is the Hebrew word “tipharah” and here are some of the English words associated with it: beautiful, brave, comely, fair, glorious, honor, and majesty.  We may feel as though we are missing out on something if we don’t get back at someone, but considering what’s at stake it’s actually the other way around.  For what is a person profiting, if they gain a moment’s vengeful satisfaction but lose out on the chance to be beautiful, brave, comely, fair, glorious, honorable, and majestic?

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