The Wrath of God
1. No study of God would be complete without this subject -
The Wrath of God is AGAINST ALL UNGODLINESS (SIN) - ROM. 1:18
2. This is part of both the OLD and the NEW testament teaching concerning
3. Mentioned over 580 times in the Old Testament
3709 orge or-gay'(from 3713; TDNT - 5:382,716; n f)
AV - wrath (31), - anger (3) - vengeance (1) - indignation (1) 
1) anger, the natural disposition, temper, character; movement or agitation of
the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion, but esp. anger; anger, wrath,
indignation; anger exhibited in punishment, hence used for punishment itself:
of punishments inflicted by magistrates
2372 thumos thoo-mos'(from 2380; TDNT - 3:167,339; n m)
AV - wrath (15) - fierceness (2) - indignation (1) 
1) passion, angry, heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding again
2) glow, ardour, the wine of passion, inflaming wine (which either drives the
drinker mad or kills him with its deadly heat) (Rev. 14:10, 19; 15:1, 7; 16:1,
19; 19:15, and Romans 2:8)
6. OLD TESTAMENT WORDS:
1. chemah, 'Hot displeasure, indignation, wrath, rage, fury." = 90 some
2. Charon = "heat, inward burning of anger.
1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD:
and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the
LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost
parts of the camp. (KJV)
These two words refer to the inward fire of the emotion of anger in God
(Eichrodt, Theology of the Old Testament)
which basically refers to the nostrils (of divine wrath 170 times). It
comes from the verb 'anap, which means "to snort, to be angry."
8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his
mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. (KJV)
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his
sore displeasure. (KJV)
4. ka'as - used around 50 times for divine wrath -
12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought
them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the
people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and
provoked the LORD to anger. (KJV)
from a verb meaning to 'be full, to overflow", thus means "to be
angry, to be full of wrath, to be overflowing with fury."
49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and
indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them. (KJV)
6. za'ap and za'am.
za'ap in Micah 7:9
9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have
sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he
will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.
za'am in Nahum 1:6
6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in
the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks
are thrown down by him. (KJV)
These carry the connotation of intense anger, ...being related to words tha
mean "to storm, to rage'.
"the breaking forth of something under pressure" - used some 50
times for God's anger, Jeremiah 10:10 10 But the LORD is the true God,
he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth
shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
A. Hence, The wrath of God is NOT an uncontrolled fit of temper.
B. God's wrath is NOT a sudden flaring up of passion which is soon over.
C. It is a strong and settled opposition to all that is evil - arising out of
God's very nature.
D. It is the "absolute implacalbe hostility of the Divine Holiness to every
form of moral evil"
E. It is the natural and ineveitable and eternal recoil of the all-holy God
against ALL that is unholy.
F. It is the implacable antagonism of holiness for evil, and antagonism that
Because God is a 'Moral being', His anger is directed towards wrongdoing
in any shape or form.
It is the stern reaction of the divine nature to evil in man. It is aroused
only and inevitably by sin.
It is totally consistent, being directed only against and ALWAYS against sin.
1. Romans 1:18-32, towards the 'pagen' world for all forms of evil.
2. Isa. 5:24-25 - God's anger against Israel for sin.
3. Deut. 29:24-28, God's anger is against Israel for breaking the covenant
(transgression of law = sin)
4. 2 Kings 17:13f
vs. 13 = God says 'keep my commandments'....
5. Isa. 42:24-25 - God's anger poured out against Israel for sinning..
vs. 15 = they rejected such
vs. 18 = so the Lord was very angry with Israel...
Such anger / wrath of God is described in 'BRUTAL' and awful terms:
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the
living God. (KJV)
Such 'sinners' are ENEMIES of God - Rom. 5:10; Col. 1:21; James 4:4
God is AGAINST all such sinners - Jer. 50:31, Ezek. 21:3;
The face of God is against those who do evil - 1 Pet. 3:12
GOD HATES THE SIN - AND THE SINNER!!!!
God's wrath is ALWAYS judicial -, it is the wrath of a judge ministering
justice -- the wrath He bestows is the wrath he owes -- we get only what we
5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers
of iniquity. 6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor
the bloody and deceitful man. (KJV)
16 For all that do such things, and all that do
unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God. (KJV)
5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth
violence his soul hateth. (KJV)
20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but
such as are upright in their way are his delight. (KJV)
5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the
LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they
both are abomination to the LORD. (KJV)
23 And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I
cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I
abhorred them. (KJV)
59 When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred
16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven
are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands
that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet
that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh
lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (KJV)
8 Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out
against me: therefore have I hated it. (KJV)
God's wrath is something we CHOOSE for ourselves in the sense that we
know sinners will be cursed but we shoose to sin anyway - cp. Rom. 1:32
It is the RIGHTEOUS judgment of God that brings such wrath -
Hence there will be a 'day of judgment' -
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath
against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
2 Peter 3:7
This gives meaning to our SALVATION. Saved from WHAT - the coming wrath of
God against SINNERS (which we were!) -
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word
are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition
of ungodly men. (KJV)
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery
indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. (KJV)
2 Timothy 4:8
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me
only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (KJV)
16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that
is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness. (KJV)
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the
world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof
he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him
from the dead. (KJV)
2 Corinthians 5:10-11
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of
Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 11 Knowing
therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest
unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. (KJV)
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall
be saved from wrath through him. (KJV)
1 Thessalonians 1:10
10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised
from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
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