Proverbs 27:4
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?

New Living Translation
Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous.

English Standard Version
Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?

New American Standard Bible
Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But who can stand before jealousy?

King James Bible
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Fury is cruel, and anger a flood, but who can withstand jealousy?

International Standard Version
Wrath can be fierce and anger overwhelms but who can stand up to jealousy?

NET Bible
Wrath is cruel and anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Presumption is rage and impetuosity is passion, but who shall stand before envy?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Anger is cruel, and fury is overwhelming, but who can survive jealousy?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wrath is cruel, and anger is impetuous, but who is able to stand before envy?

King James 2000 Bible
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but which is able to stand before jealousy?

American King James Version
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

American Standard Version
Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming; But who is able to stand before jealousy?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Anger hath no mercy, nor fury when it breaketh forth: and who can bear the violence of one provoked?

Darby Bible Translation
Fury is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before jealousy?

English Revised Version
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before jealousy?

Webster's Bible Translation
Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

World English Bible
Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming; but who is able to stand before jealousy?

Young's Literal Translation
Fury is fierce, and anger is overflowing, And who standeth before jealousy?
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 4. - Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous. Again substantives are used, as in ver. 3, "Cruelty of wrath, and overflowing of anger." Figure to yourself the fierceness and cruelty of a sudden excitement of anger, or the bursting forth of passion which, like a flood, carries all before it; these may be violent for a time, yet they will subside when they have spent themselves. But who is able to stand before envy? or rather, jealousy. The reference is not so much to the general feeling of envy as to the outraged love in the relation of husband and wife (see Proverbs 6:34, and note there). Song of Solomon 8:6, "Love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the flashes thereof are flashes of fire, a very vehement flame." Such jealousy does not blaze forth in some sudden outbreak, and then die away; it lives and broods and feeds itself hourly with fresh aliment, and is ready to act at any moment, hesitating at no means to gratify itself, and sacrificing without mercy its victim. Septuagint, "Pitiless is wrath, and sharp is anger; but jealousy (ζῆλος) submits to nothing."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous,.... Or "an inundation" (x); it is like the breaking in of the sea, or a flood of mighty waters, which know no bounds, and there is no stopping them: so cruel and outrageous were the wrath and anger of Simeon and Levi, in destroying the Shechemites; of Pharaoh, in making the Israelites to serve with hard bondage, and ordering their male children to be killed and drowned; and of Herod, in murdering the infants in and about Bethlehem;

but who is able to stand before envy? which is secret in a man's heart, and privately contrives and works the ruin of another, and against which there no guarding. All mankind in Adam fell before the envy of Satan; for it was through the envy of the devil that sin and death came into the world, in the Apocrypha:

"Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world: and they that do hold of his side do find it.'' (Wisdom 2:24)

Abel could not stand before the envy of Cain; nor Joseph before the envy of his brethren; nor Christ before the envy of the Jews, his bitter enemies; and, where it is, there is confusion and every evil work, James 3:14. An envious man is worse than an angry and wrathful man; his wrath and anger may be soon over, or there may be ways and means of appeasing him; but envy continues and abides, and works insensibly.

(x) "inundatio", Michaelis, so Montanus, Vatablus, Tigurine version, "exundatio", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "inundatio salcans", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. envy—or, "jealousy" (compare Margin; Pr 6:34), is more unappeasable than the simpler bad passions.

Proverbs 27:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
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? 5Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed.…
Cross References
1 John 3:12
Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous.

Proverbs 6:34
For jealousy arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.

Proverbs 27:3
Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both.
Treasury of Scripture

Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

cruel, and anger is outrageous or cruelty and anger are overflowing

James 1:19-21 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

but

Proverbs 14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

Genesis 26:14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great …

Genesis 37:11 And his brothers envied him; but his father observed the saying.

Job 5:2 For wrath kills the foolish man, and envy slays the silly one.

Matthew 27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

Acts 5:17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which …

Acts 7:9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but …

Acts 17:5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took to them certain …

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, …

James 3:14-16 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, …

James 4:5,6 Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells …

1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And …

envy

Proverbs 6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in …

Songs 8:6 Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm: for love is …

Jump to Previous
Able Anger Angry Cruel Envy Feeling Fierce Flood Fury Jealousy Outrageous Overflowing Overwhelming Stand Standeth Stream Way Wrath
Jump to Next
Able Anger Angry Cruel Envy Feeling Fierce Flood Fury Jealousy Outrageous Overflowing Overwhelming Stand Standeth Stream Way Wrath
Links
Proverbs 27:4 NIV
Proverbs 27:4 NLT
Proverbs 27:4 ESV
Proverbs 27:4 NASB
Proverbs 27:4 KJV

Proverbs 27:4 Bible Apps
Proverbs 27:4 Bible Suite
Proverbs 27:4 Biblia Paralela
Proverbs 27:4 Chinese Bible
Proverbs 27:4 French Bible
Proverbs 27:4 German Bible

Alphabetical: a and Anger before but can cruel fierce flood fury is jealousy overwhelming stand who Wrath

OT Poetry: Proverbs 27:4 Wrath is cruel and anger is overwhelming (Prov. Pro Pr) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Proverbs 27:3
Top of Page
Top of Page