Proverbs 6:27

27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?

Read Proverbs 6:27 Using Other Translations

Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?
Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire?

What does Proverbs 6:27 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 6:27

Can a man take fire in his bosom
A whore is compared to fire, and is so called by the poets F15; and it is a saying of Pythagoras,

``it is a like thing to fall into fire and into a woman F16;''
the Hebrew words (va) , "esh", "fire", and (hvya) , "ishah", "a woman", have some affinity in sound; and the phrase of taking it "into the bosom" fitly expresses the impure embraces of a harlot; and his clothes not be burned?
he cannot, it is impossible; and equally vain is it to think that a man can commit whoredom and it not be known, or he not hurt by it in his name and substance, or in his body, soul, and life.
FOOTNOTES:

F15 Plauti Bacehides, Act. 4. Sc. 9. v. 15. "Accede ad ignem hunc", Terent. Eunuehus, Act. 1. Sc. 2. v. 5.
F16 (to eiv pur kai eiv gunaika) , apud Maximum, Eclog. c. 39.
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