Proverbs 27:3

A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,

    but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.

Proverbs 27:3 ESV

My grandpa used to trick us kids by asking, “Which is heavier a 100 pound bag of feathers or a 100 pound bag of rocks?” Our automatic answer was “The rocks are heavier!” We were ticked because even as children we knew that rocks are heavier than feathers. Of course, we didn’t catch the additional information that indicated both weighed 100 pounds. The reason we didn’t catch that is because the image of a rock and feather side-by-side is so overwhelmingly obvious. The rock is heavier. No doubt about it.

Here, the writer uses two images that immediately connect with the reader. Who among us doesn’t know the heaviness of stones or sand? We all get it. What may shock the reader is that the fool’s anger or wrath is heavier than either stones or sand. But this is not something that can be verified on scales. It’s not as if you can ask the fool to put his anger on the scales to see how much it weighs.

The writer uses the metaphor to make the point of the weightiness of the anger of a fool. Let that sink in. Once that is settled, begin to figure out what is folly. Then, avoid that path.

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