English Standard Version
Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?
King James Bible
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
Darby Bible Translation
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his garments not be burned?
World English Bible
Can a man scoop fire into his lap, and his clothes not be burned?
Young's Literal Translation
Doth a man take fire into his bosom, And are his garments not burnt?
Proverbs 6:27 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The moral necessity of ruinous consequences which the sin of adultery draws after it, is illustrated by examples of natural cause and effect necessarily connected:
27 Can one take fire in his bosom
And his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can any one walk over burning coals
And his feet not be burned?
29 So he that goeth to his neighbour's wife,
No one remains unpunished that toucheth her.
We would say: Can any one, without being, etc.; the former is the Semitic "extended (paratactic)
(Note: The παρατακτικὸς χρόνος denotes the imperfect tense, because it is still extended to the future.)
construction." The first אישׁ has the conjunctive Shalsheleth. חתה signifies to seize and draw forth a brand or coal with the fire-tongs or shovel (מחתּה, the instrument for this); cf. Arab. khât, according to Lane, "he seized or snatched away a thing;" the form יחתּה is Kal, as יחנה (vid., Khler, De Tetragammate, 1867, p. 10). חיק (properly indentation) is here not the lap, but, as Isaiah 40:11, the bosom.
LibraryAn Appeal to Children of Godly Parents
A sermon (No. 2406) intended for reading on Lord's Day, March 31st, 1895, delivered by C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, on Lord's Day evening, March 27th, 1887. "My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
A Jealous God
for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, but a married woman hunts down a precious life.
Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?
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