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Proverbs 27:4

    Proverbs 27:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming; But who is able to stand before jealousy?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Wrath is cruel, and angry feeling an overflowing stream; but who does not give way before envy?

    Webster's Revision

    Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming; But who is able to stand before jealousy?

    World English Bible

    Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming; but who is able to stand before jealousy?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before jealousy?

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 27:4

    Who is able to stand before envy? - The rabbins have a curious story on this subject, and it has been formed by the moderns into a fable. There were two persons, one covetous and the other envious, to whom a certain person promised to grant whatever they should ask; but double to him who should ask last. The covetous man would not ask first, because he wished to get the double portion, and the envious man would not make the first request because he could not bear the thoughts of thus benefiting his neighbor. However, at last he requested that one of his eyes should be taken out, in order that his neighbor might lose both.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 27:4

    Envy - Better, as in the margin, the violence of passion in the husband who thinks himself wronged (compare Proverbs 6:34).