Anger and hatred

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.25.2017 Old Testament: 2Sa 13.21–22

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 13–14 on April 25, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Righteous anger that does not lead to action and unbridled hatred that does lead to action make for a bad combination, for example, Amnon raped his half-sister Tamar, but watch David and Absalom, Tamar’s full-blood brother,

But when King David heard of all these things, he was very angry. And Absalom spoke to his brother Amnon neither good nor bad. For Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar (2 Samuel 13.21–22). 

David was right to be very angry, but his anger did not lead him to righteous action. Therefore, Absalom’s hatred intensified, leading him to do things later that ruined him.

Anger and hatred are powerful emotions. We must keep them in check, but we also have to do the right things.

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