Proverbs 27:4
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?

Berean Study Bible
Wrath is cruel and anger is like a flood, but who can withstand 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?

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

Contemporary English Version
An angry person is dangerous, but a jealous person is even worse.

Good News Translation
Anger is cruel and destructive, but it is nothing compared to jealousy.

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?

New Heart English Bible
Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming; but who is able to 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?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming; But who is able to stand before jealousy?

New American Standard 1977
Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But who can stand before 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?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Wrath is merciless, and anger sharp: but envy can bear nothing.

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?
Study Bible
Do not Boast about Tomorrow
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? 5Better an 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 slay him? Because his own deeds were evil, while those of his brother were righteous.

Proverbs 6:34
For jealousy enrages a husband, and he will show no mercy in the day of vengeance.

Proverbs 27:3
A stone is heavy and sand is a burden, but aggravation from a fool outweighs them both.

Treasury of Scripture

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

James 1:19-21
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: …

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 store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.

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

envy

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

Song of Solomon 8:6
Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.







Lexicon
Wrath
חֵ֭מָה (ḥê·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2534: Heat, anger, poison

[is] cruel
אַכְזְרִיּ֣וּת (’aḵ·zə·rî·yūṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 395: Cruelty, fierceness

and anger
אָ֑ף (’āp̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 639: The nose, nostril, the face, a person, ire

[is] like a flood,
וְשֶׁ֣טֶף (wə·še·ṭep̄)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7858: Flood -- a deluge

but who
וּמִ֥י (ū·mî)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

can withstand
יַ֝עֲמֹד (ya·‘ă·mōḏ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

jealousy?
קִנְאָֽה׃ (qin·’āh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7068: Ardor, zeal, jealousy
(4) But who is able to stand before envy?--Rather, jealousy. (Comp. Proverbs 6:34.) "Wrath" and "anger" rage for awhile like a storm, and then subside; but jealousy can never be completely set at rest.

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." 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.
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