5 Great Bible Verses for Kids to Memorize About Anger

Parents and kids alike can easily give into ungodly anger. It is important for families to renew their minds with God’s truth to combat these impulses and help us get to the heart of anger.

Not all anger is wrong—on the contrary, God Himself manifests anger. Godly anger gets mad at the right things, in the right way, for the right duration, with the proper control, with the right motives, and strives for the right impact. Often human anger lacks most of these qualities.


4 Short Passages

Proverbs 16:32

“Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”

This is a great verse for kids to grasp, especially boys who love to play “King of the Hill” or build forts. They love stories of valiant warriors who can break through the enemy lines to take the fortress. Explain to your kids, “You have a tendency to be quick to anger. But if you learn how to master your own heart, you will be mightier than the mightiest warrior.” 

Proverbs 19:11

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”

Insight, wisdom, discretion—this is the key to patience. As Proverbs 12:16 says, it takes prudence to know when to ignore an insult. Ungodly anger reveals an underlying self-centeredness, getting upset about the wrong things. When we teach our kids about the value of discretion, this opens the door to talking about what is truly worth getting mad about…and it has nothing to do with their sibling playing with their favorite toy.

Proverbs 14:29

“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.”

This text teaches two great motivations to show restraint in anger (they are really two sides of the same coin). (1) If you are slow to anger, you show you are filled with wisdom. (2) If you are quick tempered, you become a marketer for stupidity.

James 1:19-20

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

Connected to quick anger is a tendency to quickly speak. Children (and adults) need to learn the discipline of listening before speaking. Man’s anger doesn’t lead to living a righteous life.

1 Longer Passage

James 3:2-12

This passages encompasses far more than just anger. Our kids ability to tame the tongue is critical for their maturity—so critical that James says it is a barometer for their ability to control anything. The visual imagery in this text makes for easy memorization and great conversation with children. Be creative with it: look up YouTube videos of a rudder steering a ship, a bit guiding a horse, a forest fire, a spring of water. Use the visuals to teach them about the metaphors in this text as you teach them to memorize it.

Memory Cards

Download and print the cards on cardstock:

Verses About Anger (ESV)

Verses About Anger (KJV)

Insert these cards into a memory box to help your kids move these passages from their short-term to their long-term memories. (Learn more about how to use a memory box.)


  1. Wonderful versus, and the memory cards are VERY helpful, thank you so much!

  2. First time visitor here (saw you in the Tuesday Trivium Link Up) and just wanted to say thanks for the post and for the little memory cards. I struggle with mommy-anger and I printed these cards for MYSELF first and foremost! I will surely be back to visit more often! Warmest Blessings, Joanna {The Crafty Homeschool Mama}

    • Trisha Gilkerson says:

      Thanks for stopping by Joanna! Yes, some of these Bible verses are good for us mom’s and dad’s too :)

  3. I LOVE THIS. I think I may use these for our family memory versus, because honestly, it won’t hurt me at all to meditate on these either! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Great verses! My son already has the James one in his memory box, but we should add these others. He is really struggling with this right now, and sadly I think he gets it from me. I look forward to seeing his growth in this area through hiding scripture like this in his heart!

  5. Teresa Ryan says:

    Thank you for sharing <3 & Blessings to you.

  6. I love you site. Keep up the good work, and keep spreading the good word of our Lord.

  7. These verses are great! But I don’t see the link to print the memory cards anywhere! Every time I click “available as freebies” it just redirects me to your list of freebies where I found this page in the first place and again asks me to sign up for your newsletters – which I already get! Am I doing something wrong? How do I print the memory cards?

    • Luke Gilkerson says:

      So, when you go to the page Freebies for Subscribers (after entering your e-mail), you should see a section for ESV cards and a section for KJV cards. Under each section are links to all the pdf files, including ones for anger. Do you see these sections?

  8. christina says:

    I would be printing these verses but I would rather my son learn it correctly from the KIng James BIble, I don’t like how you changed words. YOU give a great explanation underneath so you should not need to change the word of God. Example: you write anger instead of wrath, why?

    • Trisha Gilkerson says:

      Hi Christina,
      I’m not quite sure what you are referring to. In our post we are using the ESV version because that is the version we prefer to use in our home. On the cards we make available both KJV and ESV. Those in the KJV are straight from the KJV. Do you see one of the cards that has a mistake? If so, let me know so we can correct it. Thanks.

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