Anger (Eph. 4:26)

“Be angry!

But do not sin!

Do not let

The sun go down

On your anger!”

ὀργίζεσθε καὶ μὴ ἁμαρτάνετε· ὁ ἥλιος μὴ ἐπιδυέτω ἐπὶ παροργισμῷ ὑμῶν,

Paul said, “Be angry (ὀργίζεσθε)!  But do not sin (καὶ μὴ ἁμαρτάνετε)!  Do not let the sun go down (ὁ ἥλιος μὴ ἐπιδυέτω) on your anger (ἐπὶ παροργισμῷ ὑμῶν)!”  Only this Ephesian letter uniquely used this word ἐπιδυέτω, that means to set, sink or go down, and the other unique word παροργισμῷ, that means irritation, exasperation, wrath, or indignation.  Paul then alluded to Psalm 4:4-5 “When you are disturbed, do not sin!  Mediate about it on your beds!  Be silent!  Offer right sacrifices!  Put your trust in Yahweh!”  You should not sin even if you are a little disturbed.  You had to meditate while you were in bed.  You had to be silent in your prayer.  You had to put your trust in Yahweh, and not in yourself.  This self-examination before going to bed would help you not to carry your anger into the next day.  Paul explicitly said that we should not let the sun set on our anger.  We should not sin by acting out on our anger.  Do you get angry often?

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