Proverbs 27:3

3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.

Read Proverbs 27:3 Using Other Translations

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

What does Proverbs 27:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 27:3

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 Genesis 29:3 Genesis 29:8 ) ; 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 Job 6:3 ) ;

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.

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