Gray hair is a crown of glory;
it is gained in a righteous life.
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
No, I don’t take literally that my hair has to be the color gray! When this book was written, there was no choice when a person was old. It is a literary way of describing old age. Back then, it was rare…expecially for women! Child birth was hard on women…and babies! So were the first two years of life for children and all the infections they faced.
We take our good health for granted these days. We critique the side effects of antibiotics and vaccines but they have saved so many lives that we don’t even think about what life was like when there were few old people and the deaths of mothers and children were commonplace!
Interesting juxtaposition of these two verses:
a long, righteous life and control of anger
Isn’t it interesting that these two verses are together? The idea that a person can control her anger and living a long life? If we can control our anger in healthy ways ie. not carrying it around in the form of resentment, we won’t have problems with exploding at others, getting in fights, to say nothing of murder and some of the more overt expressions of anger!
Do you look on those who have become old because of a
righteous life, with honor?
Do you treat them with honor?
Are you learning to “rule your spirit” as GOD enables you?
Do you listen and obey the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit as
He helps you rule your spirit?