Proverbs 6: King James Bible
The Rage of a Man – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter six, Verses 34-35
34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – The Rage of a Man
People often tie these verses along with those that touch on adultery (verses 32-33). Though it’s right to do so, I thought that it would serve these verses just as well by keeping them separate from one single topic.
Reason being, is because there’re so many different ways that jealousy can be stirred up. Granted, few will stir the rage of a man like being on the victim side of adultery, but people still fill with rage over other reasons as well. Even enough to kill for.
Verse 34 gives us insight into what jealousy is, which is rage. This explains why and how jealousy can be all consuming. It effects thoughts, emotions, judgement, and actions.
When rage is unleashed through the vessel of jealousy, realities of consequences erode, making one willing to pay whatever the price, to do what it takes to feel as if justice has been done. The Father would rather us stay free from both sides of Jealousy.
Sometimes we can get jealous for whatever reason, but through the Holy Ghost, we can pay attention and ask for instruction. This is the great thing about being children of the Most High God. We can always run to our Father for his advice and council.
The problem is, when we feel anything unsavory, wronged in any way, we’re less likely to even remember the Father, never-mind seek his face. So that is something that we should do our utmost to stay mindful of; the willingness of the Father to help us out, in order to straighten us out before rage takes root.
Concerning the flip side of jealousy, provoking someone else to jealousy unleashing a man’s rage toward ourselves, the solution is easy. Don’t do what will cause others to become that kind of jealous.
Sure, if someone wants something you have, chances are good that what’s fueling that kind of jealousy is envy, or covetousness. But when it comes to rage filled jealousy, we’ve typically got more control over that, by doing what the Word says, and keeping free from giving even the appearance of evil.
Even if you’ve done nothing wrong, you can certainly give the appearance of evil. That can be just as bad, so maybe it’s best to listen to what the Father would have us hear, and learn what he wants us to know. We can do our part to either avoid or refuse to harbor the rage fueled jealousy.
Related New Testament Scripture
1 Corinthians 10: King James Bible
22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
2 Corinthians 11: King James Bible
2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
1 Thessalonians 5: King James Bible
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
There are none who have more reason to be jealous than you. You’ve done all, from creating all of us, to giving us life and all that comes with it. Forgive us all if we’ve ever provoked you to jealousy Father. Help us to recognize to choose you over the world at any opportunity. Also, for any who harbor rage, and have been provoked to jealousy, please provide sound council and solutions to all, and may you usher in your peace, that surpasses all understanding. Settle these matters in our hearts so that we can move forward to be more like you. In the mighty name of the Lord Jesus, we pray.
Have you ever witnessed the damage that comes from jealousy, and the rage of a man?