Compare Translations for Proverbs 26:2

Proverbs 26:2 ASV
As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, So the curse that is causeless alighteth not.
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Proverbs 26:2 BBE
As the sparrow in her wandering and the swallow in her flight, so the curse does not come without a cause.
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Proverbs 26:2 CEB
Like a darting sparrow, like a flying swallow, so an undeserved curse never arrives.
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Proverbs 26:2 CJB
Like a fluttering sparrow or a flying swallow, an undeserved curse will come home to roost.
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Proverbs 26:2 RHE
As a bird flying to other places, and a sparrow going here or there: so a curse uttered without cause shall come upon a man.
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Proverbs 26:2 ESV
Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight.
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Proverbs 26:2 GW
Like a fluttering sparrow, like a darting swallow, so a hastily spoken curse does not come to rest.
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Proverbs 26:2 GNT
Curses cannot hurt you unless you deserve them. They are like birds that fly by and never light.
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Proverbs 26:2 HNV
Like a fluttering sparrow, Like a darting swallow, So the undeserved curse doesn't come to rest.
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Proverbs 26:2 CSB
Like a flitting sparrow or a fluttering swallow, an undeserved curse goes nowhere.
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Proverbs 26:2 KJV
As the bird by wandering , as the swallow by flying , so the curse causeless shall not come .
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Proverbs 26:2 LEB
Like the sparrow [is] to fluttering and like the swallow [is] to flying, so an undeserved curse does not go forth.
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Proverbs 26:2 NAS
Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a curse without cause does not alight.
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Proverbs 26:2 NCV
Curses will not harm someone who is innocent; they are like sparrows or swallows that fly around and never land.
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Proverbs 26:2 NIRV
A curse given for no reason is like a wandering bird or a flying sparrow. It doesn't go anywhere.
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Proverbs 26:2 NIV
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
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Proverbs 26:2 NKJV
Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight.
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Proverbs 26:2 NLT
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an unfair curse will not land on its intended victim.
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Proverbs 26:2 NRS
Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, an undeserved curse goes nowhere.
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Proverbs 26:2 RSV
Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight.
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Proverbs 26:2 DBY
As the sparrow for flitting about, as the swallow for flying, so a curse undeserved shall not come.
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Proverbs 26:2 MSG
You have as little to fear from an undeserved curse as from the dart of a wren or the swoop of a swallow.
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Proverbs 26:2 WBT
As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
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Proverbs 26:2 TMB
As the bird by wandering, as a swallow by flying, so a curse without cause shall not alight.
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Proverbs 26:2 TNIV
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
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Proverbs 26:2 WEB
Like a fluttering sparrow, Like a darting swallow, So the undeserved curse doesn't come to rest.
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Proverbs 26:2 WYC
For as a bird flying over to high things, and as a sparrow going into uncertain; so cursing brought forth without reasonable cause shall come above into some man. (Like a bird flying over to high places, and like a sparrow going into uncertainty; so cursing brought forth without a reasonable cause, shall simply go over someone, and not touch them.)
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Proverbs 26:2 YLT
As a bird by wandering, as a swallow by flying, So reviling without cause doth not come.
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Proverbs 26 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 26

Verse 1 Honour is out of season to those unworthy and unfit for it. Verse 2 . He that is cursed without cause, the curse shall do him no more harm than the bird that flies over his head. Verse 3 . Every creature must be dealt with according to its nature, but careless and profligate sinners never will be ruled by reason and persuasion. Man indeed is born like the wild ass's colt; but ( proverbs 26:4-5 ) remarks to the man, and address them to his conscience, so as may best end the debate. ( 6-9 ) . Fools are not fit to be trusted, nor to have any honour. Wise sayings, as a foolish man delivers and applies them, lose their usefulness. Verse 10 . This verse may either declare how the Lord, the Creator of all men, will deal with sinners according to their guilt, or, how the powerful among men should disgrace and punish the wicked. Verse 11 . The dog is a loathsome emblem of those sinners who return to their vices, ( Verse 12 ) . We see many a one who has some little sense, but is proud of it. This describes those who think their spiritual state to be good, when really it is very bad. Verse 13 . The slothful man hates every thing that requires care and labour. But it is foolish to frighten ourselves from real duties by fancied difficulties. This may be applied to a man slothful in the duties of religion. Verse 14 . Having seen the slothful man in fear of his work, here we find him in love with his ease. Bodily ease is the sad occasion of many spiritual diseases. He does not care to get forward with his business. Slothful professors turn thus. The world and the flesh are hinges on which they are hung; and though they move in a course of outward services, yet they are not the nearer to heaven. Verse 15 . The sluggard is now out of his bed, but he might have lain there, for any thing he is likely to bring to pass in his work. It is common for men who will not do their duty, to pretend they cannot. Those that are slothful in religion, will not be at the pains to feed their souls with the bread of life, nor to fetch in promised blessings by prayer. Verse 16 . He that takes pains in religion, knows he is working for a good Master, and that his labour shall not be in vain. Verse 17 . To make ourselves busy in other men's matters, is to ( proverbs 26:18-19 ) must repent in earnest, or his sin will be his ruin. ( 20-22 ) . Contention heats the spirit, and puts families and societies into a flame. And that fire is commonly kindled and kept burning by whisperers and backbiters. Verse 23 . A wicked heart disguising itself, is like a potsherd covered with the dross of silver. ( 24-26 ) . Always distrust when a man speaks fair unless you know him well. Satan, in his temptations, speaks fair, as he did to Eve; but it is madness to give credit to him. Verse 27 . What pains men take to do mischief to others! but it is digging a pit, it is rolling a stone, hard work; and they prepare mischief to themselves. Verse 28 . There are two sorts of lies equally detestable. A slandering lie, the mischief of this every body sees. A flattering lie, which secretly works ruin. A wise man will be more afraid of a flatterer than of a slanderer.

Proverbs 26 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 26

Proverbs 26:1-28 .

1. The incongruities of nature illustrate also those of the moral world. The fool's unworthiness is also implied ( Proverbs 17:7 , 19:10 ).

2. Though not obvious to us,
the bird--literally, "sparrow"--and
swallow--have an object in their motions, so penal evil falls on none without a reason.

3. The rod is as much needed by fools and as well suited to them, as whips and bridles are for beasts.

4, 5. Answer not--that is, approvingly by like folly.

5. Answer--by reproof.

6. A fool fails by folly as surely as if he were maimed.
drinketh damage--that is, gets it abundantly ( Job 15:16 , 34:7 ).

7. legs . . . equal--or, "take away the legs," or "the legs . . . are weak." In any case the idea is that they are the occasion of an awkwardness, such as the fool shows in using a parable or proverb

8. A stone, bound in a sling, is useless; so honor, conferred on a fool, is thrown away.

9. As vexatious and unmanageable as a thorn in a drunkard's hand is a parable to a fool. He will be as apt to misuse is as to use it rightly.

10. Various versions of this are proposed (Compare Margin). Better perhaps--"Much He injures (or literally, "wounds") all who reward," &c., that is, society is injured by encouraging evil men.
transgressors--may be rendered "vagrants." The word "God" is improperly supplied.

11. returneth . . . folly--Though disgusting to others, the fool delights in his folly.

12. The self-conceited are taught with more difficulty than the stupid.

13. (Compare Proverbs 22:13 ).

14. (Compare Proverbs 6:10 , 24:33 ).

15. (Compare Proverbs 19:24 ).

16. The thoughtless being ignorant of their ignorance are conceited.

17. meddleth--as in Proverbs 20:19 , 24:21 ; as either holding a dog by the ears or letting him go involves danger, so success in another man's strife or failure involves a useless risk of reputation, does no good, and may do us harm.

18, 19. Such are reckless of results.

20, 21. The talebearers foster ( Proverbs 16:28 ), and the contentious excite, strife.

22. (Compare Proverbs 18:8 ).

23. Warm professions can no more give value to insincerity than silver coating to rude earthenware.

24. dissembleth--though an unusual sense of the word (compare Margin), is allowable, and better suits the context, which sets forth hypocrisy.

25. Sentiment of Proverbs 26:24 carried out.
seven abominations in his heart--that is, very many (compare Proverbs 24:16 ).

26, 27. Deceit will at last be exposed, and the wicked by their own arts often bring on retribution (compare Proverbs 12:13 , Psalms 7:16 , 9:17 , &c.).

28. Men hate those they injure.
A lying tongue--"lips" for the persons (compare Proverbs 4:24 , Psalms 12:3 ).