Proverbs 27:3
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.

Berean Study Bible
A stone is heavy and sand is a burden, but aggravation from a fool outweighs them both.

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

New King James Version
A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, But a fool’s wrath is heavier than both of them.

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

NASB 1995
A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.

NASB 1977
A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.

Amplified Bible
Stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But a fool’s [unreasonable] wrath is heavier and more burdensome than both of them.

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

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

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

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A stone is heavy, and sand cumbersome; but a fool's wrath is heavier than both.

Contemporary English Version
Stones and sand are heavy, but trouble caused by a fool is a much heavier load.

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

Good News Translation
The weight of stone and sand is nothing compared to the trouble that stupidity can cause.

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

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; But a fool's vexation is heavier than they both.

Literal Standard Version
A stone [is] heavy, and the sand [is] heavy, "" And the anger of a fool "" Is heavier than 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.

New Heart English Bible
A stone is heavy, and sand is a burden; but a fool's provocation 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.

Additional Translations ...
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 sand is a burden, but aggravation from a fool outweighs them both. 4Wrath is cruel and anger is like a flood, but who can withstand jealousy?…

Cross References
Job 5:2
For resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.

Proverbs 12:16
A fool's anger is known at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.

Proverbs 27:2
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth--a stranger, and not your own lips.

Proverbs 27:4
Wrath is cruel and anger is like a flood, but who can withstand jealousy?


Treasury of Scripture

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

heavy

Proverbs 17:12
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

Genesis 34:25,26
And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males…

Genesis 49:7
Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.









(3) But a fool's wrath is heavier than them both--i.e., harder to bear. (Comp. Ecclesiasticus 12:15.) The "fool" here (evil) is the headstrong, self-willed person. who has never learned to control himself, but bursts out into the maddest rage when crossed.

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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A stone
אֶ֭בֶן (’e·ḇen)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 68: A stone

is heavy
כֹּֽבֶד־ (kō·ḇeḏ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3514: Weight, multitude, vehemence

and sand
הַח֑וֹל (ha·ḥō·wl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2344: Sand

[is] a burden,
וְנֵ֣טֶל (wə·nê·ṭel)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5192: Burden, weight

but aggravation
וְכַ֥עַס (wə·ḵa·‘as)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3708: Vexation, anger

from a fool
אֱ֝וִ֗יל (’ĕ·wîl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 191: Foolish

outweighs
כָּבֵ֥ד (kā·ḇêḏ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 3515: Heavy

them both.
מִשְּׁנֵיהֶֽם׃ (miš·šə·nê·hem)
Preposition-m | Number - mdc | third person masculine plural
Strong's 8147: Two (a cardinal number)


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