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Proverbs 26:2

Context
NET ©

Like a fluttering bird or like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause 1  does not come to rest. 2 

NIV ©

Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

NASB ©

Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a curse without cause does not alight.

NLT ©

Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an unfair curse will not land on its intended victim.

MSG ©

You have as little to fear from an undeserved curse as from the dart of a wren or the swoop of a swallow.

BBE ©

As the sparrow in her wandering and the swallow in her flight, so the curse does not come without a cause.

NRSV ©

Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, an undeserved curse goes nowhere.

NKJV ©

Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight.


KJV
As the bird
<06833>
by wandering
<05110> (8800)_,
as the swallow
<01866>
by flying
<05774> (8800)_,
so the curse
<07045>
causeless
<02600>
shall not come
<0935> (8799)_.
NASB ©
Like a sparrow
<06833>
in its flitting
<05110>
, like a swallow
<01866>
in its flying
<05774>
, So
<03651>
a curse
<07045>
without
<02600>
cause
<02600>
does not alight
<0935>
.
HEBREW
abt
<0935>
*wl {al}
<03808>
Mnx
<02600>
tllq
<07045>
Nk
<03651>
Pwel
<05774>
rwrdk
<01866>
dwnl
<05110>
rwpuk (26:2)
<06833>
LXXM
(33:2) wsper
<3746
ADV
ornea
<3732
N-NPN
petatai {V-PMI-3S} kai
<2532
CONJ
strouyoi {N-NPM} outwv
<3778
ADV
ara
<685
N-NSF
mataia
<3152
A-NSF
ouk
<3364
ADV
epeleusetai {V-FMI-3S} oudeni
<3762
A-DSM
NET © [draft] ITL
Like a fluttering bird
<06833>
or like a flying
<05774>
swallow
<01866>
, so
<03651>
a curse
<07045>
without cause
<02600>
does not
<03808>
come
<0935>
to rest.
NET ©

Like a fluttering bird or like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause 1  does not come to rest. 2 

NET © Notes

tn Heb “causeless curse” (KJV similar) describes an undeserved curse (cf. NIV, NRSV). The Hebrew word translated “causeless” is the adverb from ָחנַן (khanan); it means “without cause; gratuitous.”

sn This proverb is saying that a curse that is uttered will be powerless if that curse is undeserved. It was commonly believed in the ancient world that blessings and curses had power in themselves, that once spoken they were effectual. But scripture makes it clear that the power of a blessing or a curse depends on the power of the one behind it (e.g., Num 22:38; 23:8). A curse would only take effect if the one who declared it had the authority to do so, and he would only do that if the curse was deserved.

tc The MT has the negative with the verb “to enter; to come” to mean “will not come” (לֹא תָבֹא, lotavo’). This is interpreted to mean “will not come to rest” or “will not come home.” Some commentators have taken the Qere reading of לוֹ (lo) instead, and read it as “will come home to him.” This is also a little difficult; but it gives the idea that an undeserved curse will come [back] to him [who gave it]. Just as a bird will fly around and eventually come home, so will the undeserved curse return on the one who gave it. This is plausible; but there is no referent for the suffix, making it syntactically difficult.



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