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Churlish only appears one time in the KJV Bible. It characterizes a very hard
hearted and evil man who railed on David, despising and mocking him. The sad
story of the man–Nabal– is found in 1 Samuel 25. We could think of a churlish
person as someone with very bad manners or a very bad temper, or very hard to get
along with or please, or someone with all these characters! Certainly not a nice
person at all!

The Hebrew word used for churlish is used 36 times—found onlly in the Old
Testament. In some places the KJV uses rough, in others hard hearted, in others stiff
and in other places stubborn. We shouldn’t think, however, that only ‘others’
are bad, mean tempered people, because by nature, we all have these bad
characteristics and sadly, display them all too often. The Bible tells us that “in me,
that in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing
”. How true that is!

All of us born into this world are born with a heart that is stubborn, hard and
rebellious towards God. Babies often don’t show these kinds of actions at first, but
before long, as each one grows, such actions are displayed; even by little children.
When a person accepts the Lord Jesus as Saviour He gives them a new life (Eternal
Life, His Life) and the Spirit of God comes to dwell in the heart so a believer in
Jesus has both the ability and the power to not act like, or be, a churlish person.