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.

New Living Translation
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.

English Standard Version
Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight.

New American Standard Bible
Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a curse without cause does not alight.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Like a flitting sparrow or a fluttering swallow, an undeserved curse goes nowhere.

International Standard Version
Like a fluttering sparrow or a swallow in flight, a curse without cause will not alight.

NET Bible
Like a fluttering bird or like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause does not come to rest.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Like a bird and a flying creature in the air, so an empty curse wanders.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Like a fluttering sparrow, like a darting swallow, so a hastily spoken curse does not come to rest.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As the wandering sparrow, as the flying swallow, So the curse that is causeless shall come home.

New American Standard 1977
Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,
            So a curse without cause does not alight.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As the sparrow in its wandering, as the swallow in its flight, so the curse causeless shall never come.

King James 2000 Bible
As the bird by flitting, as the swallow by flying, so the curse without cause shall not alight.

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

American Standard Version
As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, So the curse that is causeless alighteth not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a bird flying to other places, and a sparrow going here or there: so a curse uttered without cause shall come upon a man.

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

English Revised Version
As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, so the curse that is causeless lighteth not.

Webster's Bible Translation
As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless 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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
26:2. He that is cursed without cause, the curse shall do him no more harm than the bird that flies over his head. 3. Every creature must be dealt with according to its nature, but careless and profligate sinners never will be ruled by reason and persuasion. Man indeed is born like the wild ass's colt; but some, by the grace of God, are changed. 4,5. We are to fit our remarks to the man, and address them to his conscience, so as may best end the debate. 6-9. Fools are not fit to be trusted, nor to have any honour. Wise sayings, as a foolish man delivers and applies them, lose their usefulness. 10. This verse may either declare how the Lord, the Creator of all men, will deal with sinners according to their guilt, or, how the powerful among men should disgrace and punish the wicked. 11. The dog is a loathsome emblem of those sinners who return to their vices, 2Pe 2:22. 12. We see many a one who has some little sense, but is proud of it. This describes those who think their spiritual state to be good, when really it is very bad. 13. The slothful man hates every thing that requires care and labour. But it is foolish to frighten ourselves from real duties by fancied difficulties. This may be applied to a man slothful in the duties of religion. 14. Having seen the slothful man in fear of his work, here we find him in love with his ease. Bodily ease is the sad occasion of many spiritual diseases. He does not care to get forward with his business. Slothful professors turn thus. The world and the flesh are hinges on which they are hung; and though they move in a course of outward services, yet they are not the nearer to heaven. 15. The sluggard is now out of his bed, but he might have lain there, for any thing he is likely to bring to pass in his work. It is common for men who will not do their duty, to pretend they cannot. Those that are slothful in religion, will not be at the pains to feed their souls with the bread of life, nor to fetch in promised blessings by prayer. 16. He that takes pains in religion, knows he is working for a good Master, and that his labour shall not be in vain. 17. To make ourselves busy in other men's matters, is to thrust ourselves into temptation. 18,19. He that sins in jest, must repent in earnest, or his sin will be his ruin. 20-22. Contention heats the spirit, and puts families and societies into a flame. And that fire is commonly kindled and kept burning by whisperers and backbiters. 23. A wicked heart disguising itself, is like a potsherd covered with the dross of silver.
Study Bible
Similitudes and Instructions
1Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool. 2Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a curse without cause does not alight. 3A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the back of fools.…
Cross References
Numbers 23:8
"How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?

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

2 Samuel 16:12
"Perhaps the LORD will look on my affliction and return good to me instead of his cursing this day."

Proverbs 27:8
Like a bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who wanders from his home.

Isaiah 16:2
Then, like fleeing birds or scattered nestlings, The daughters of Moab will be at the fords of the Arnon.
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