Contentious Man

Proverbs 26:21  Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,  So is a contentious man to kindle strife.

There are a number of different kinds of people talked about in the book of Proverbs in the Bible. It is a great study to take each kind of person, and cross reference them, look up all the verses written about this particular kind of person and write a summation of them. One of the types of people referred to often is called a “Contentious Man”.  Today we would probably use the descriptor “trouble maker”.

A contentious person starts conflict between himself and others, but the worst thing about a contentious person is that they are an artist at starting conflicts between others,  in families, in churches, in neighborhoods, in work places, and amongst friends.,  A number of years ago while I was still farming a dairy farmer bought 10 tons of hay for his cows. He was driving the truck back to his dairy when the hay caught on fire. Nobody knows how the fire started on the truck, but he was unaware of the fire and of the hunks of burning hay blowing off of the truck into the grass and brush next to the road as he drove along. Someone finally got his attention and got him stopped but not before he started dozens of fires.  A contentious person is like that, they start fires every where they go , but they seem to be oblivious to the smoke.

The person with this title in the book of Proverbs has some tools that he uses to create his havoc. The main one is gossip and slander. Proverbs says a contentious person is a wisperer, they share bits,of information with people about others that causes conflict and disunity. God loves unity, oneness, love, and fellowship, and the Bible says He loves a peacemaker and rewards them greatly. I wonder what God feels about a contentious man.

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