Proverbs 1:18
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New International Version
These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves!

New Living Translation
But these people set an ambush for themselves; they are trying to get themselves killed.

English Standard Version
but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives.

New American Standard Bible
But they lie in wait for their own blood; They ambush their own lives.

King James Bible
And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but they set an ambush to kill themselves; they attack their own lives.

International Standard Version
but these people lie in wait for their own blood. They ambush only themselves.

NET Bible
but these men lie in wait for their own blood, they ambush their own lives!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they lay wait for blood and hide themselves.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But these people set an ambush for their own murder. They go into hiding only to lose their lives.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they lay in wait for their own blood; they ambush their own souls.

King James 2000 Bible
And they lie in wait for their own blood; they lurk secretly for their own lives.

American King James Version
And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privately for their own lives.

American Standard Version
And these lay wait for their own blood; They lurk privily for their own lives.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they themselves lie in wait for their own blood, and practise deceits against their own souls.

Darby Bible Translation
And these lay wait for their own blood; they lurk secretly for their own lives.

English Revised Version
And these lay wait for their own blood, they lurk privily for their own lives.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.

World English Bible
but these lay wait for their own blood. They lurk secretly for their own lives.

Young's Literal Translation
And they for their own blood lay wait, They watch secretly for their own lives.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - And they lay wait for their own blood, etc. The third reason or argument why the teacher's warning should be followed, drawn from the destruction which overtakes the sinners themselves. "Lay wait," and "lurk privily," as in ver. 11, from which this verse is evidently borrowed. They propose, as they say, to lay wait for the blood of others; but it is, says the teacher, for their own blood. לְדָמָם (l'dhammam), contra sanguinem suum; they lurk privily. as they say, for the innocent, but in reality it is for their own lives; לְנַפְשֹׁתָם (l'naph'shotham); contra animus suas (Vulgate); or, as the LXX. puts it, Αὐτοὶ γὰρ οἱ φόνον μετέχοντες θησαυρίζουσιν ἑαυτοῖς κατὰ, "For they who take part in murder treasure up evils for themselves;" that is, they am bringing a heavier and surer destruction upon themselves than they can ever inflict upon others (Wardlaw). The LXX. adds, at the close of the verse, Ἡ δὲ καταστροφὴ ἀνδρῶν παρανόμων κακή, "And the overthrowing or destruction of transgressors is wrest, or evil." The Arabic Version has a similar addition.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And they lay wait for their own blood,.... While they lie in wait for the blood of others, they lie in wait for their own; and when they shed the blood of innocent persons, it in the issue comes upon their own heads, and is the cause of their own blood being shed; vengeance pursues them, and justice will not suffer them to live;

they lurk privily for their own lives: while they are lurking in secret places to take away, the lives of others, they are laying snares for their own souls; and the consequence of it will be, that they will be brought to a shameful and untimely end here, or, however, to everlasting ruin and destruction hereafter.



Proverbs 1:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Enticement of Sin
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. 19So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.
Cross References
Romans 2:5
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.

Proverbs 1:11
If they say, "Come along with us; let's lie in wait for innocent blood, let's ambush some harmless soul;

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

Proverbs 11:19
Truly the righteous attain life, but whoever pursues evil finds death.
Treasury of Scripture

And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privately for their own lives.

Proverbs 5:22,23 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be …

Proverbs 9:17,18 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant…

Proverbs 28:17 A man that does violence to the blood of any person shall flee to …

Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. …

Psalm 7:14-16 Behold, he travails with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and …

Psalm 9:16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executes: the wicked is …

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: …

Matthew 27:4,5 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. …

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