Proverbs 1:17
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New International Version
How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it!

New Living Translation
If a bird sees a trap being set, it knows to stay away.

English Standard Version
For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird,

New American Standard Bible
Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net In the sight of any bird;

King James Bible
Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is foolish to spread a net where any bird can see it,

International Standard Version
Look, it is useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds,

NET Bible
Surely it is futile to spread a net in plain sight of any bird,

New Heart English Bible
For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It is by deceit that nets are spread for a bird.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It does no good to spread a net within the sight of any bird.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For in vain the net is spread In the eyes of any bird;

New American Standard 1977
Indeed, it is useless to spread the net
            In the eyes of any bird;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

King James 2000 Bible
Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

American King James Version
Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

American Standard Version
For in vain is the net spread In the sight of any bird:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But a net is spread in vain before the eyes of them that have wings.

Darby Bible Translation
For in vain the net is spread in the sight of anything which hath wings.

English Revised Version
For in vain is the net spread, in the eyes of any bird:

Webster's Bible Translation
Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

World English Bible
For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird:

Young's Literal Translation
Surely in vain is the net spread out before the eyes of any bird.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:10-19 Wicked people are zealous in seducing others into the paths of the destroyer: sinners love company in sin. But they have so much the more to answer for. How cautious young people should be! Consent thou not. Do not say as they say, nor do as they do, or would have thee to do; have no fellowship with them. Who could think that it should be a pleasure to one man to destroy another! See their idea of worldly wealth; but it is neither substance, nor precious. It is the ruinous mistake of thousands, that they overvalue the wealth of this world. Men promise themselves in vain that sin will turn to their advantage. The way of sin is down-hill; men cannot stop themselves. Would young people shun temporal and eternal ruin, let them refuse to take one step in these destructive paths. Men's greediness of gain hurries them upon practices which will not suffer them or others to live out half their days. What is a man profited, though he gain the world, if he lose his life? much less if he lose his soul?
Study Bible
The Enticement of Sin
16For their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood. 17Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net In the sight of any bird; 18But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives.…
Cross References
Proverbs 1:16
For their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood.

Proverbs 1:18
But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives.
Treasury of Scripture

Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

in vain

Proverbs 7:23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hastens to the snare, …

Job 35:11 Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser …

Isaiah 1:3 The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master's crib: but Israel …

Jeremiah 8:7 Yes, the stork in the heaven knows her appointed times; and the turtle …

sight of any bird means eyes of anything that hath a wing

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