Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Proverbs 27:3

Context
NETBible

A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but vexation 1  by a fool is more burdensome 2  than the two of them.

XREF

Ge 34:25,26; Ge 49:7; 1Sa 22:18,19; Es 3:5,6; Pr 17:12; Da 3:19; 1Jo 3:12

NET © Notes

tn The subject matter is the vexation produced by a fool. The term כַּעַס (caas) means “vexation” (ASV); provocation” (NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV); “anger” (KJV “wrath”) and usually refers to undeserved treatment. Cf. NLT “the resentment caused by a fool.”

sn The same noun is used in 1 Sam 1:6, 16 for the “provocation” given to Hannah by Peninnah for being barren.

sn The contrast is made between dealing with the vexation of a fool and physical labor (moving stones and sand). More tiring is the vexation of a fool, for the mental and emotional effort it takes to deal with it is more draining than physical labor. It is, in the sense of this passage, almost unbearable.



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