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Ecclesiastes 7:9

9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

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Ecclesiastes 7:9 in Other Translations

9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
9 Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.
9 Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.
9 Don't be quick to fly off the handle. Anger boomerangs. You can spot a fool by the lumps on his head.
9 Don't let your spirit rush to be angry, for anger abides in the heart of fools.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 Meaning and Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7:9

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry
With men, for every word that is said, or action done, that is not agreeable; encourage not, but repress, sudden angry emotions of the mind; be not quick of resentment, and at once express anger and displeasure; but be slow to wrath, for such a man is better than the mighty, ( James 1:19 ) ( Proverbs 16:32 ) ; or with God, for his corrections and chastisements; so the Targum,

``in the time that correction from heaven comes upon thee, do not hasten in thy soul to be hot (or angry) to say words of rebellion (or stubbornness) against heaven;''
that advice is good,
``do nothing in anger F12;''
for anger resteth in the bosom of fools;
where it riseth quick, and continues long; here it soon betrays itself, and finds easy admittance, and a resting dwelling place; it easily gets in, but it is difficult to get it out of the heart of a fool; both which are proofs of his folly, ( Proverbs 12:16 ) ( 14:17 ) ; see ( Ephesians 4:26 ) ; the bosom, or breast, is commonly represented as the seat of anger by other writers F13.

F12 Isocrates ad Nicoclem, p. 36.
F13 "In pectoribus ira considit", Petronius; "iram sanguinei regio sub pectore cordis", Claudian. de 4. Consul. Honor. Panegyr. v. 241.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 In-Context

7 Extortion turns a wise person into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.
8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.
9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.
10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.
11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Matthew 5:22; Proverbs 14:17; James 1:19
  • 2. S Proverbs 14:29