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A stone is heavy and the sand is weighty,
but vexation by a fool is heavier than both of them. Bible

“vexation by a fool.” This is the figure of speech amphibologia, (cp. Figures of Speech Used in the Bible by E. W. Bullinger for more on that figure. One thing is stated but has two meanings). The verse can and does mean both the provocation that a fool causes to someone else, and what happens when a fool is provoked—he causes such a scene, lashing out, yelling, accusing, etc.


Commentary for: Proverbs 27:3