Proverbs 23:28
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New International Version
Like a bandit she lies in wait and multiplies the unfaithful among men.

New Living Translation
She hides and waits like a robber, eager to make more men unfaithful.

English Standard Version
She lies in wait like a robber and increases the traitors among mankind.

New American Standard Bible
Surely she lurks as a robber, And increases the faithless among men.

King James Bible
She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
indeed, she sets an ambush like a robber and increases those among men who are unfaithful.

International Standard Version
Surely she lies in wait like a bandit, increasing those who are faithless among mankind.

NET Bible
Indeed, she lies in wait like a robber, and increases the unfaithful among men.

New Heart English Bible
Yes, she lies in wait like a robber, and increases the unfaithful among men.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
She destroys suddenly and many evil men multiply.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She is like a robber, lying in ambush. She spreads unfaithfulness throughout society.

JPS Tanakh 1917
She also lieth in wait as a robber, And increaseth the faithless among men.

New American Standard 1977
Surely she lurks as a robber,
            And increases the faithless among men.

Jubilee Bible 2000
She also lies in wait as for a prey and increases the transgressors among men.

King James 2000 Bible
She also lies in wait as for a prey, and increases the unfaithful among men.

American King James Version
She also lies in wait as for a prey, and increases the transgressors among men.

American Standard Version
Yea, she lieth in wait as a robber, And increaseth the treacherous among men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
She lieth in wait in the way as a robber, and him whom she shall see unwary, she will kill.

Darby Bible Translation
She also lieth in wait as a robber, and increaseth the treacherous among men.

English Revised Version
Yea, she lieth in wait as a robber, and increaseth the treacherous among men.

Webster's Bible Translation
She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.

World English Bible
Yes, she lies in wait like a robber, and increases the unfaithful among men.

Young's Literal Translation
She also, as catching prey, lieth in wait, And the treacherous among men she increaseth.
Study Bible
Consider Diligently what is Before You
27For a harlot is a deep pit And an adulterous woman is a narrow well. 28Surely she lurks as a robber, And increases the faithless among men. 29Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:26
For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And an adulteress hunts for the precious life.

Proverbs 7:12
She is now in the streets, now in the squares, And lurks by every corner.

Ecclesiastes 7:26
And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.
Treasury of Scripture

She also lies in wait as for a prey, and increases the transgressors among men.

as for a prey or as a robber

Proverbs 2:16-19 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger which …

Proverbs 7:12,22-27 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lies in wait at every corner.)…

Proverbs 9:18 But he knows not that the dead are there; and that her guests are …

Proverbs 22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of …

Judges 16:14 And she fastened it with the pin, and said to him, The Philistines …

Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares …

Jeremiah 3:2 Lift up your eyes to the high places, and see where you have not …

increaseth

Numbers 25:1 And Israel stayed in Shittim, and the people began to commit prostitution …

Hosea 4:11 Prostitution and wine and new wine take away the heart.

1 Corinthians 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and …

Revelation 17:1,2 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, …

(28) Increaseth the transgressors (faithless) among men.--This vice being the fruitful source of faithlessness both towards man and God.

Verse 28. - She also lieth in wait as for a prey. "Yea, she [Proverbs 22:19] lieth in wait," as is graphically described in ch. 7. (comp. Jeremiah 3:2). Chetheph is better taken, not as "prey," but in a concrete sense as the person who snatches it, the robber. Vulgate, Insidiatur in via quasi latro (comp. Psalm 10:9). And increaseth the transgressors among men. The Greek and Latin versions have taken רוסִיפ as meaning "kills," "destroys." But the verb yasaph always means "to add," here "to multiply." The special transgression indicated is treachery or faithlessness. The harlot leads her victim to be faithless to his God, his wife, his parents, his tutor, his master. Septuagint, "For he shall perish suddenly, and every transgressor shall be destroyed." She also lieth in wait as for a prey,.... At the door of her house, in the corner of the streets, in the dark of the night; laying her snares, and spreading her nets, for unwary persons, to make a prey of their virtue and of their money. Or, "as a man of prey" (k); a thief and robber, so Gersom; thus she watches and takes all opportunities to seize on persons, and rob them of their substance, health, and credit; or rather "as a beast of prey"; ravenous, devouring, and insatiable; so the Targum,

"as a beast ravening, she lies in wait with her eyes;''

and increaseth the transgressors among men; there is none that occasions wore sin, or makes more sinners, than a whorish woman; swearing, lying, drunkenness, thieving, stealing, housebreaking, robbing on the highway, &c. are the sins she leads into. Or, "increaseth treacherous" (l) persons; to God, to their king, to their wives, to their master's; and all that they may consume, what they can get by perfidious practices, upon them, or,

"perfidious persons among men, she adds "to herself" (m);''

she gets a parcel of abandoned wretches about her, whom she employs as her panders for her lust, or as bullies to spoil her gallants of their substance, or murder them for the sake of it.

(k) "tanquam vir praedae", Vatablus; "ut praedator", Mercerus, Gejerus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "ut raptor", Cocceius; "velut praedo", Michaelis; "ut harpago", Schultens. (l) "perfidos", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schultens. (m) "adjungitque sibi", Tigurine version. 28. increaseth … transgressors—(Pr 5:8-10). The vice alluded to is peculiarly hardening to the heart.23:19-28 The gracious Saviour who purchased pardon and peace for his people, with all the affection of a tender parent, counsels us to hear and be wise, and is ready to guide our hearts in his way. Here we have an earnest call to young people, to attend to the advice of their godly parents. If the heart be guided, the steps will be guided. Buy the truth, and sell it not; be willing to part with any thing for it. Do not part with it for pleasures, honours, riches, or any thing in this world. The heart is what the great God requires. We must not think to divide the heart between God and the world; he will have all or none. Look to the rule of God's word, the conduct of his providence, and the good examples of his people. Particular cautions are given against sins most destructive to wisdom and grace in the soul. It is really a shame to make a god of the belly. Drunkenness stupifies men, and then all goes to ruin. Licentiousness takes away the heart that should be given to God. Take heed of any approaches toward this sin, it is very hard to retreat from it. It bewitches men to their ruin.
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