Bible Contradictions: Micah 7:18 vs. Jeremiah 17:4

It’s time to answer another quick Bible contradiction offered by the skeptics. This one is on the issue of God’s anger.

Micah 7:8, “….he retaineth not his anger for ever because he delighteth in mercy.

Jeremiah 17:4, “…. for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever.”

So is God angry forever or not? This one is simple if we look at the text in context. The context, in this case, being the literary device used by Jeremiah in verse 4. Jeremiah’s use of “forever” should be regarded as hyperbole. It’s a form of language commonly used in ancient literature, which some scholars refer to as “dramatic orientation.”

But one doesn’t need to study ancient culture and literature to realize this. The context of Jeremiah’s verse is that God’s anger is set towards the people of Judah, people who will not literally live forever. In the end, the solution to this contradiction becomes quite obvious when the text is read with a little more care.