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

New Living Translation
A person who strays from home is like a bird that strays from its nest.

English Standard Version
Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home.

New American Standard Bible
Like a bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who wanders from his home.

King James Bible
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man wandering from his home is like a bird wandering from its nest.

International Standard Version
Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who wanders away from his home.

NET Bible
Like a bird that wanders from its nest, so is a person who wanders from his home.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Like a bird that leaves its nest, so is a man that is removed from his place.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Like a bird wandering from its nest, so is a husband wandering from his home.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man that wanders from his place.

King James 2000 Bible
As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man that wanders from his place.

American King James Version
As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man that wanders from his place.

American Standard Version
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, So is a man that wandereth from his place.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that leaveth his place.

Darby Bible Translation
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

English Revised Version
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

Webster's Bible Translation
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

World English Bible
As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man who wanders from his home.

Young's Literal Translation
As a bird wandering from her nest, So is a man wandering from his place.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:1 We know not what a day may bring forth. This does not forbid preparing for to-morrow, but presuming upon to-morrow. We must not put off the great work of conversion, that one thing needful. 2. There may be occasion for us to justify ourselves, but not to praise ourselves. 3,4. Those who have no command of their passions, sink under the load. 5,6. Plain and faithful rebukes are better, not only than secret hatred, but than love which compliments in sin, to the hurt of the soul. 7. The poor have a better relish of their enjoyments, and are often more thankful for them, than the rich. In like manner the proud and self-sufficient disdain the gospel; but those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, find comfort from the meanest book or sermon that testifies of Christ Jesus. 8. Every man has his proper place in society, where he may be safe and comfortable.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - As a bird that wandereth from her nest. Jerome's avis transmigrans conveys to us a notion of a migratory bird taking its annual journey. But the idea here is of a bird which leaves its own nest either wantonly or from some external reason, and thereby exposes itself to d so comfort and danger (comp. Isaiah 16:2). So is a man that wandereth from his place; i.e. his own home (comp. Ecclus. 29:21, etc., and 36:28 in Vet. Lat., "Quis credit ei qui non habet nidum, et deflectens ubicumque obscuraverit, quasi succinctus latro exsil ins de civitate in civitatem?"). The proverb indirectly inculcates love of one's home and one's native land. To be "a fugitive and a vagabond" (Genesis 4:12) was a terrible punishment, as the Jews have learned by the experience of many centuries. Language and religion placed a barrier against residence in any country but their own (see Psalm 84.); and though at the time when this book was probably written they knew little of foreign travel, yet they regarded sojourn in a strange land as an evil, and centred all their ideas of happiness and comfort in a home life surrounded by friends and countrymen. The word "wander" may have the notion of going into exile. Septuagint, "As when a bird flies down from its own nest, so is a man brought into bondage when he is banished (ἀποξενωθῇ) from his own place." Some have reasoned from this expression that the idea of exile had become familiar to the writer, and hence that this portion of the Proverbs is of very late origin (Cheyne) - surely a very uncertain foundation for such a conclusion. The love of Orientals for their native soil is a passion which no sordid and miserable surroundings can extinguish, and a man would consider even a change of home an unmixed evil, though such change was not the result of exile. Our view of the fortunes of one who is always shifting his abode is expressed in the adage, "A rolling stone gathers no moss."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As a bird that wandereth from her nest,.... To seek for food for herself and her young; or that leaves it without returning to it, and so her eggs or her young are exposed, and she herself liable to fall into the hands of birds of prey, or of the fowler, when she would be safe in her nest; as there was a law in Israel in her favour, Deuteronomy 22:6; or as one that is forced out and obliged to wander from place to place, Isaiah 16:2;

so is a man that wandereth from his place; who, in time of famine and distress, goes into other parts for bread, as Jacob's sons went down into Egypt; and such are they in a spiritual sense who leave all, and follow Christ for food for their souls; or who are forced to flee from place to place, and wander about in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth, because of the persecution of their enemies; or rather it is to be taken in an ill sense and applied to such who abide not in the calling whereunto they are called; dislike, and are unsatisfied with, their present business of life, and seek new employments, which oftentimes is to the hurt and detriment of themselves and families; and also to such who wander from the way of spiritual understanding, from the place of divine worship, from the word, ordinances, and commandments of the Lord; see Proverbs 21:16.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. Such are not only out of place, but out of duty and in danger.

Proverbs 27:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
7A sated man loathes honey, But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet. 8Like a bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who wanders from his home. 9Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man's counsel is sweet to his friend.…
Cross References
Genesis 21:14
Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba.

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

Proverbs 27:7
One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

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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As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man that wanders from his place.

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Job 39:14-16 Which leaves her eggs in the earth, and warms them in dust…

Isaiah 16:2 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, …

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Proverbs 21:16 The man that wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain …

Genesis 14:16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother …

Genesis 16:6-8 But Abram said to Sarai, Behold, your maid is in your hand; do to …

1 Samuel 22:5 And the prophet Gad said to David, Abide not in the hold; depart, …

1 Samuel 27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul…

1 Kings 19:9 And he came thither to a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the …

Nehemiah 6:11-13 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, …

Jonah 1:3,10-17 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, …

1 Corinthians 7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, …

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