Bitterness—found in all of its forms a total of sixty-nine times in sixty-five verses

Variations: bitter, bitterly, bitterness

First usage: Genesis 27:34 (bitter)

Last usage: Revelation 10:10 (bitter)

Defined: As it pertains to feelings ingrained in man, it is a deep-rooted and sharp affliction.

Interesting fact: Naomi suggested that she be called Mara (Ruth 1:20), a name meaning bitter (Exodus 15:23), after feeling as though the Lord had dealt with her “very bitterly.

Bible study tip: One does not need to know the original languages of Greek and Hebrew to understand the Bible. When God desires for man to know the definition of a less familiar word, He includes the definition in the context of that word’s usage. For example, Exodus 15:23 demonstrates this truth when it says, “they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.” Marah means bitter here as further confirmed in the book of Ruth with Naomi.

Sunday, Day 22—Church Day (no devotional)

Monday, Day 23—What Is Bitterness?

Tuesday, Day 24—A Root of Bitterness

Wednesday, Day 25—Church Night (no devotional)

Thursday, Day 26—Bitterness of Soul

Friday, Day 27—Put Away All Bitterness

Saturday, Day 28—A Mouth Speaking Bitterness


James 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.