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The word chide is only found three times in the KJV Bible. Though this word is not often
used in common speech and language today, it does have a very commonly used meaning.
In the “pop” street culture language today, the meaning of this word might very often be
expressed this way.... “Don’t bug me about that anymore!”.
Chide may also be used in the sense of scolding or rebuke, but with an added warning. In
this sense it is more than just saying “Quit bugging me”, but rather it adds a warning, “If
you don’t quit bugging me, I am going to leave”.
Chiding is a way in which a person scolds or rebukes another because of something that
person has said or done. The sense of chide is that the rebuke or scolding is usually not
gentle, though it may be issued in a gentle spirit (For Christians who may find themselves
chiding someone, it should always be done in a gentle spirit).
The following verses from God’s precious Word, the Bible, use the word chide in the sense
of a rebuke or, as stated above, a scolding. But, when God is the One who chides, how very
important to listen and to obey what He is saying!
“He [God] will not always chide: neither will He keep His anger for ever” (Psa.103:9). Our
blessed God is very loving and kind, and He has been infinitely kind with fallen man, ever
since Adam and Eve disobeyed Him in the Garden of Eden. However the warning is added
to this verse as if to say, “Make no mistake, God is gracious and longsuffering, but the time
is coming when He will stop putting up with mankind’s sinful ways”.
Another verse where chide is used is found in Exodus 17:2; “Wherefore the people did
chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them,
Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the Lord?” Here, the word chide is translated
contend with or quarrel with another person.
We see the Children of Israel often doing this with Moses or Aaron, or even with God!—
During their 40 year journey from Egypt to Caanan.