A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both. Proverbs 27:3
כֹּֽבֶד־אֶ֭בֶן וְנֵ֣טֶל הַח֑וֹל וְכַ֥עַס אֱ֝וִ֗יל כָּבֵ֥ד מִשְּׁנֵיהֶֽם׃
A stone is heavy – There are many heavy things to deal with in this life. We are introduced to two very weighty items. This proverb speaks of the denseness and heaviness of rock and of sand. It also speaks of something even heavier, the weight of being around a foolish, easily annoyed person.
A fool’s wrath – The word “wrath” here is the word “כַ֥עַס“. This word speaks of one who is easily annoyed or irritated. It is somebody who is easily provoked to anger. We find that the foolish person is very quickly drawn into a dispute with others. It does not take much to set them off. We sometimes say that such a person has a “short fuse”. Those around them “walk on eggshells” to not cause them to snap.
What kind of person are you?
How patient are you with others?
How much “give” do you allow others who are annoying you?
Learning to be “slow to anger” needs to be on the priority list of every child of God.
Heavier than them both – We have all experienced situations at times and people that have weighed us down with care, burdened our thoughts and generally made us feel very tired. How often do we consider that we might be the very person that is giving someone else trouble, making their lives difficult? If we give into our sin nature and allow ourselves to be easily provoked, we will miss many of the blessings that God has for our lives. In this passage the foolish person was heavier than the combined weight of stone and sand together. The word for heaviness “כָּבֵד” refers to something with a lot of weight attached to it.
The word “כָּבוֹד” (glory) comes from the same root word in Hebrew. It also refers to weight in worship, having worship that is real and solid. Worship is not meant to be some light fluffy thing where we are driven by our emotions. True worship is where we listen and obey the true God with all of our hearts, בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ֥ (all of your innermost being, your mind, your will), with all our souls, בְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ֖ (all of your breath, your life, your being, all of what makes you who you really are on the inside) and with all of our might, בְכָל־מְאֹדֶֽךָ (all of your might, all of your strength, all that you have and are). As you can see worship demands not just your mind but all of your body and soul as well. Worship of the Lord is not for wimps.
In the case of having כָּבוֹד in our worship, weight is a good thing.
In the case of being a heaviness כָּבֵד to others because we are a foolish person, it is a bad thing.
Be the person that God would have you to be. Stand for what is right and be solid in your resolve.
In short, be a blessing and not a burden.