Proverbs 26:2
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New International Version
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

King James Bible
As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

Darby Bible Translation
As the sparrow for flitting about, as the swallow for flying, so a curse undeserved shall not come.

World English Bible
Like a fluttering sparrow, like a darting swallow, so the undeserved curse doesn't come to rest.

Young's Literal Translation
As a bird by wandering, as a swallow by flying, So reviling without cause doth not come.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

As the bird - צפור tsippor is taken often for the sparrow; but means generally any small bird. As the sparrow flies about the house, and the swallow emigrates to strange countries; so an undeserved malediction may flutter about the neighborhood for a season: but in a short time it will disappear as the bird of passage; and never take effect on the innocent person against whom it was pronounced.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Numbers 23:8 How shall I curse, whom God has not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD has not defied?

Deuteronomy 23:4,5 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when you came forth out of Egypt...

1 Samuel 14:28,29 Then answered one of the people, and said, Your father straightly charged the people with an oath, saying...

1 Samuel 17:43 And the Philistine said to David, Am I a dog, that you come to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

2 Samuel 16:12 It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.

Nehemiah 13:2 Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them...

Psalm 109:28 Let them curse, but bless you: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let your servant rejoice.

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One Lion Two Lions no Lion at All
A sermon (No. 1670) delivered on Thursday Evening, June 8th, 1882, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets."--Proverbs 22:13. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets."--Proverbs 26:13. This slothful man seems to cherish that one dread of his about the lions, as if it were his favorite aversion and he felt it to be too much trouble to invent another excuse.
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Numbers 23:8
How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?

Deuteronomy 23:5
However, the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.

2 Samuel 16:12
It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today."

Proverbs 27:8
Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home.

Isaiah 16:2
Like fluttering birds pushed from the nest, so are the women of Moab at the fords of the Arnon.

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