Biblcal Leadership Traits - Not Quick Tempered

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Biblical Leadership Traits

Not Quick Tempered

Titus 1:7



NAU Titus 1:7 For the overseer must be above reproach as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain,

BGT Titus 1:7 δεῖ γὰρ τὸν ἐπίσκοπον ἀνέγκλητον εἶναι ὡς θεοῦ οἰκονόμον, μὴ αὐθάδη, μὴ ὀργίλον, μὴ πάροινον, μὴ πλήκτην, μὴ αἰσχροκερδῆ,

This trait is almost identical to the previous trait “not pugnacious” (1 Tim 3:3 and Tit 1:7) which we saw refers to someone who is quarrelsome or contentious and prone to fighting.

The word here is ὀργίλος. It refers to a settled disposition or state of mind; thus an angry man - a permanent character trait. It is synonymous with qumoj which however means a turbulent boiling up of the feelings; hence an impulsive striking out. This is temporary in nature. It fires up suddenly and then is gone quickly.

Both terms are often used in negative contexts. For example, NAU Proverbs 22:24 Do not associate with a man given to anger (qumoj); Or go with a hot-tempered man,

Orgh occurs many times in LXX and NT. When add the suffix iloj the notion changes from anger to prone to anger.


  1. If you did not do so previously in conjunction with the pugnacious study, ask your wife or someone close to you if they believe you have a problem with anger. If the answer is “yes” probe for specific examples, determine if there is a common cause, and seek counsel as appropriate.
  1. Which is worse, temporary wrath or settled anger? Why?
  1. When does anger become sinful 

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