Proverbs 30:33 (NLT)

33 As the beating of cream yields butter and striking the nose causes bleeding, so stirring up anger causes quarrels.



This chapter of Proverbs was said to be penned by Agur Ben Jakeh. Some say Agur is not his name, but his character. It indicates he was a gatherer, a collector. He possibly did not write proverbs of his own, but instead collected words of wisdom. In this proverb he presents and he lists things which are commonly known, such as churning cream makes butter and being struck in the nose will cause it to bleed. He then goes on to say stirring up anger causes troubles. In other words you know what causes the other actions to take place, you must also understand the cause of quarrels.



According to police reports, an incident occurred 02/29/2004 at the Spring Haven Retirement Center in Winter Haven, Florida. Senior Citizen Lee Thoss, was playing in the greens at the salar bar where others were waiting to fix their salads. William Hocker, one of the residents, told Thoss others would not want to eat the food he was playing with. Thoss then became verbally aggressive and proceeded to strike Hocker. Arlene Thoss, Lee Thoss’s mother, intervened trying to help stop her son, but was also hurt in the incident. Allen Croft, a 79 year old resident, was bitten by Thoss as he tried to intervene and stop the fight. Another man who was in the area was also struck as Thoss flailed his arms. A few words of asking for the respect of others turned to anger, and then into an embittered quarrel. Even at an age where wisdom should be abundant, angry words still held the proverb true.