Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Contention

Pro 3:30  Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm.

Though it isn't the same exact word, the meaning here reminds me of contentiousness, quarreling, etc.

Pro 15:18  A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
Pro 19:13  A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
Pro 21:9  It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a contentious woman. 


Pro 21:19  It is better to live in a desert land than with a contentious and fretful woman. 
Pro 25:24  It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a contentious woman.  (repeated!!)
Pro 26:20-21   For lack of wood the fire goes out; and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.  As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
Pro 27:15-16  A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious woman are alike; to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in one's right hand. 
 Pro 29:22  A man of wrath stirs up strife, and a man given to anger causes much transgression.

The Bible has much to say about contention, quarreling, arguing, creating strife.  None of it is positive.  This is a particular problem for me - as some of you know, we have a strong ability to argue in my family!  But my arguing can often unproductive, wasteful of time, and hurtful to others.  Those who are slow to anger quiet contention, while those given to anger cause much transgression (sin).  Doesn't get much more clear cut than that!

Pro 10:12  Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

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