ANGER and RAGE -
N.T. Greek words related to ANGER
Anger, wrath, indignation. Used to describe that in God which
stands opposed to man's disobedience, obduracy [stubborn resistance]
(esp. in resisting the gospel) and sin, and manifests itself in
punishing the same. [Part of the definition, describing God's anger
& the consequences thereof, is omitted here, since our focus is
on MAN'S anger.]
To provoke, arouse to anger; passive: to be provoked to anger, be
angry, be wroth.
Prone to anger, irascible.
The two following words focus on the provocation of anger by the
actions of another:
To rouse to wrath, to provoke, exasperate, anger.
Indignation, exasperation, wrath.
N.T. Greek words related to RAGE
Passion, angry heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon
To cause one to be incensed, to provoke to anger.
To be very angry, be exasperated.
Contrast ANGER with WRATH / RAGE:
[Based on contrast given in Vine's Expository Dictionary of N.T. Words]
WRATH / RAGE
- Indicates a more agitated condition of the feelings, an outburst of
wrath from inward indignation. Does not necessarily include revenge.
- Often characterized by quickly blazing up and quickly subsiding.
Expresses more the inward feeling.
ANGER (occasionally translated "wrath")
- Suggests a more settled or abiding condition of mind, frequently with
a view to taking revenge.
- Less sudden in its rise but more lasting in its nature. Expresses
the more active emotion
Dennis Hinks © 1996
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