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Proverbs 27:4


Wrath is cruel and anger is overwhelming, 1  but who can stand before jealousy? 2 


Ge 26:14; Ge 37:11; Job 5:2; Pr 6:34; Pr 14:30; So 8:6; Mt 27:18; Ac 5:17; Ac 7:9; Ac 17:5; Ro 1:29; Jas 1:19-21; Jas 3:14-16; Jas 4:5,6; 1Jo 3:12

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tn Heb “fierceness of wrath and outpouring [= flood] of anger.” A number of English versions use “flood” here (e.g., NASB, NCV, NLT).

tn The Hebrew term translated “jealousy” here probably has the negative sense of “envy” rather than the positive sense of “zeal.” It is a raging emotion (like “anger” and “wrath,” this word has nuances of heat, intensity) that defies reason at times and can be destructive like a consuming fire (e.g., 6:32-35; Song 8:6-7). The rhetorical question is intended to affirm that no one can survive a jealous rage. (Whether one is the subject who is jealous or the object of the jealousy of someone else is not so clear.)

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