Proverbs 27:3
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New International Version
Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both.

New Living Translation
A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.

English Standard Version
A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.

New American Standard Bible
A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.

King James Bible
A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A stone is heavy and sand, a burden, but aggravation from a fool outweighs them both.

International Standard Version
Rocks are heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool's provocation outweighs them both.

NET Bible
A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but vexation by a fool is more burdensome than the two of them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Stone is heavy and sand is weighty, and the wrath of the fool is heavier than both.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A stone is heavy, and sand weighs a lot, but annoyance caused by a stubborn fool is heavier than both.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A stone is heavy and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

King James 2000 Bible
A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

American King James Version
A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

American Standard Version
A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; But a fool's vexation is heavier than they both.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A stone is heavy, and sand weighty: but the anger of a fool is heavier than them both.

Darby Bible Translation
A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's vexation is heavier than them both.

English Revised Version
A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's vexation is heavier than them both.

Webster's Bible Translation
A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than both.

World English Bible
A stone is heavy, and sand is a burden; but a fool's provocation is heavier than both.

Young's Literal Translation
A stone is heavy, and the sand is heavy, And the anger of a fool Is heavier than they both.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:1 We know not what a day may bring forth. This does not forbid preparing for to-morrow, but presuming upon to-morrow. We must not put off the great work of conversion, that one thing needful. 2. There may be occasion for us to justify ourselves, but not to praise ourselves. 3,4. Those who have no command of their passions, sink under the load. 5,6. Plain and faithful rebukes are better, not only than secret hatred, but than love which compliments in sin, to the hurt of the soul. 7. The poor have a better relish of their enjoyments, and are often more thankful for them, than the rich. In like manner the proud and self-sufficient disdain the gospel; but those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, find comfort from the meanest book or sermon that testifies of Christ Jesus. 8. Every man has his proper place in society, where he may be safe and comfortable.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; literally, heaviness of a stone, weight of the sand. The substantives are more forcible than the corresponding adjectives would be: the versions rather weaken the form of the expression by rendering, Grave est saxum, etc. The quality in the things mentioned is weight, heaviness, ponderosity; that is what we are bidden regard. A fool's wrath is heavier than them both. The ill temper and anger of a headstrong fool, which he vents on those about him, are harder to endure than any material weight is to carry. Ecclus. 22:15, "Sand and salt and a mass of iron are easier to bear than a man without understanding." The previous verse asks, "What is heavier than lead? and what is the name thereof [i.e. of the heavier thing], but a fool?" Job speaks of his grief being heavier than the sand of the sea (Job 6:3).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty,.... As was the stone which was at the well's mouth, where Laban's flocks were watered, which could not be rolled away till all the shepherds were gathered together, Genesis 29:2; and like the burdensome stone Jerusalem is compared to Zechariah 12:3; and as that at the sepulchre of Christ, rolled away by the angel, Matthew 28:2. And sand is a very ponderous thing; difficult to be carried, as the Septuagint render it, as a bag of it is; and to which heavy afflictions are sometimes compared, Job 6:2;

but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both; it cannot be removed, it rests in his bosom; it is sometimes intolerable to himself; he sinks and dies under the weight of it, as Nabal did: "wrath killeth the foolish man", Job 5:2; and it is still more intolerable to others, as Nebuchadnezzar's wrath and his fiery furnace were.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. heavy—The literal sense of "heavy," applied to material subjects, illustrates its figurative, "grievous," applied to moral.

a fool's wrath—is unreasonable and excessive.

Proverbs 27:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
2Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips. 3A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them. 4Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But who can stand before jealousy?…
Cross References
Job 5:2
Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.

Proverbs 12:16
Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

Proverbs 27:2
Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.

Proverbs 27:4
Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
Treasury of Scripture

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