Proverbs 1:11

11 If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul;

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Proverbs 1:11 in Other Translations

11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
11 If they say, "Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason;
11 They may say, “Come and join us. Let’s hide and kill someone! Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent!
11 If they say - "Let's go out and raise some hell. Let's beat up some old man, mug some old woman.
11 If they say-"Come with us! Let's set an ambush and kill someone. Let's attack some innocent person just for fun!

Proverbs 1:11 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 1:11

If they say, come with us
Leave your father's house, and the business of life in which you are; make one of us, and become a member of our society, and go along with us upon the highway;

let us lay wait for blood;
lie in ambush under some hedge or another, waiting till a rich traveller comes up and passes that way, and then rise and shed his blood in order to get his money; and the same word signifies both "blood" and "money", and wait is laid for one for the sake of the other;

let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause;
or "let us hide" {q}, the Vulgate Latin version adds "snares"; so Vatablus and others, as the fowler does for birds; or "let us hide ourselves" F18; in some private place, waiting "for the innocent", the harmless traveller, who has done no injury to any man's person or property; thinks himself safe, and is not aware of any design upon him; going about his lawful business, and having done nothing to provoke such miscreants to attempt his life or take away his property: and which they do "without cause" as to him; "freely" F19 as to themselves; and "with impunity" F20, as they promise themselves and one another; all which senses the word used will bear.


F17 (hnpun) "abscondamus", Michaelis.
F18 "Abscondamus nos", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "abscondamus nosmetipsos", Baynus.
F19 (Mnx) "gratis", Pagninus, Montanus, Michaelis, Schultens.
F20 "Impune", Junius & Tremellius, Amama.

Proverbs 1:11 In-Context

9 They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.
11 If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;

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