ESV - 4 Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
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I humbly submit for your consideration that the first two words wrath and anger are somewhat contained or expressed within a certain period of what we refer to as time. (Ecclesiastes 3:1; Ecclesiastes 3:8) WRATH: Belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong. 2. Intense anger ANGER: Belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong. 2. State of being angry The third is not contained or bound by time thus growing into a much greater threat. JEALOUSY: 1. Zealous vigilance. 2. A feeling of jealous envy. ZEALOUS: Marked by active interest and enthusiasm. VIGILANCE: 1. Vigilant attentiveness. 2. Process of paying close and continuous attention. Bottom Line: While wrath and anger can burn white hot and express much damage and even death in the extreme; it's life span is normally contained within a certain defined time period. It normally burns out with the passage of time as one returns to their better nature? Jealousy on the other hand is a slow cooking crock pot of woe that's been planted and is simmering; thus an unknown for the poor soul who will be on the receiving end. A generally unknown from the past; that travels to the present; to disrupt the future. An example would be a pressure plate release IED [improvised explosive device] that's set to say 1000 pounds. Others pasted over or even stepped on it with not a problem; that is until an unlucky soul triggers the point of it's unknown preset. Similar in a way to some people the pressure plate keeps a running tally or score of those who have stepped on it; all for a later very unpleasant pay out. (1 Corinthians 3:3) In the Lord's Freedom and grace.....warrior on
I think that the idea being expressed here is similar to the thought of other verses in Proverbs (for instance, Proverbs 6:34-35) that speak of the intensified degree of rage that occurs when mere wrath or anger is mixed with jealousy (such as in connection with a husband's reaction to another man committing adultery with his wife), to the point where the injured person will accept no form of apology or compensation, and will show no mercy in response.
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