Proverbs 23:28

28 Like a bandit she lies in wait and multiplies the unfaithful among men.

Proverbs 23:28 in Other Translations

28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
28 She lies in wait like a robber and increases the traitors among mankind.
28 She hides and waits like a robber, eager to make more men unfaithful.
28 She'll take you for all you've got; she's worse than a pack of thieves.
28 indeed, she sets an ambush like a robber and increases those among men who are unfaithful.

Proverbs 23:28 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 23:28

She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey
At the door of her house, in the corner of the streets, in the dark of the night; laying her snares, and spreading her nets, for unwary persons, to make a prey of their virtue and of their money. Or, "as [a man of] prey" {k}; a thief and robber, so Gersom; thus she watches and takes all opportunities to seize on persons, and rob them of their substance, health, and credit; or rather "as [a beast of] prey"; ravenous, devouring, and insatiable; so the Targum,

``as a beast ravening, she lies in wait with her eyes;''
and increaseth the transgressors among men;
there is none that occasions wore sin, or makes more sinners, than a whorish woman; swearing, lying, drunkenness, thieving, stealing, housebreaking, robbing on the highway are the sins she leads into. Or, "increaseth treacherous" F12 persons; to God, to their king, to their wives, to their master's; and all that they may consume, what they can get by perfidious practices, upon them, or,
``perfidious persons among men, she adds "to herself" F13;''
she gets a parcel of abandoned wretches about her, whom she employs as her panders for her lust, or as bullies to spoil her gallants of their substance, or murder them for the sake of it.

F11 (Ptxk) "tanquam vir praedae", Vatablus; "ut praedator", Mercerus, Gejerus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "ut raptor", Cocceius; "velut praedo", Michaelis; "ut harpago", Schultens.
F12 (Mydgwb) "perfidos", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schultens.
F13 (Pyowt) "adjungitque sibi", Tigurine version.

Proverbs 23:28 In-Context

26 My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways,
27 for an adulterous woman is a deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 Like a bandit she lies in wait and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Proverbs 7:11-12; Ecclesiastes 7:26
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