Marriage and Family – Anger

It should be difficult, not easy, to incite us. – –

is 3947 not 3756 easily provoked, 3947 5743

is not provoked


4Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8Love never fails.

New King James


4Charity 26 suffereth long, 3114 5719 and is kind; 5541 5736 charity 26 envieth 2206 5719 not; 3756 charity 26 vaunteth 4068 3756 not 4068 5736 itself, 4068 5736 is 5448 not 3756 puffed up, 5448 5743 5Doth 807 not 3756 behave itself unseemly, 807 5719 seeketh 2212 5719 not 3756 her own, 1438 is 3947 not 3756 easily provoked, 3947 5743 thinketh 3049 5736 no 3756 evil; 2556 6Rejoiceth 5463 5719 not 3756 in 1909 iniquity, 93 but 1161 rejoiceth 4796 5719 in the 225 truth 225 ; 7Beareth 4722 5719 all things, 3956 believeth 4100 5719 all things, 3956 hopeth 1679 5719 all things, 3956 endureth 5278 5719 all things. 3956

8Charity 26 never 3763 faileth:

King James with Greek Reference Numbers


I find it interesting that in this example of biblical love the difference in the wording of the King James and New King James text can, in my view, alter the meaning somewhat. The Greek definition will help bring us clarity. There is a difference in my mind between being provoked and being “easily” provoked.


In the Greek Language the meaning of “easily provoked” is as follows:

3947. paroxuvnw paroáxunoµ, par-ox-oo’-no; from 3844 and a der. of 3691; to sharpen alongside, i.e. (fig.) to exasperate:- easily provoke, stir.

3691. ojxuv” oáxus, ox-oos’; prob. akin to the base of 188 [“acid”]; keen; by anal. rapid:- sharp, swift.


Nobody who has been married or a part of family for more than a few months can deny that people at time do get on our nervous and / or frustrate us. If we did not care about individuals and their actions they would not be able to elicit any type of response from us. The more we care about another, the easier it is for them to push our buttons. People do, at times, attempt to purposely provoke a negative feeling or reaction; then other times it is simply an unconscious act on their part that seems to annoy or unnerve us.


During these potentially provoking times it is vital that we do not allow negative feelings to become stirred up inside us. We must choose with our minds and heart to think of and focus on the positive aspects of the individual we care about. If they seem to be frustrated, resentful and filled with negativity toward us, causing them to attempt to purposely provoke a fight with us; then we need to seek reconciliation with that individual, through finding out what it is we have done or they have perceived we have done to them.


If we need to get away from a person for a period of time to keep our emotions under control, then it is better to find somewhere else to be than to allow our anger and exasperation to show. Every attempt possible to squelch an irritating, frustrating, angry, provoking, or exasperating situation should be taken in order to preserve the innocence of our relationship with another.


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