Proverbs 5:22
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New International Version
The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast.

New Living Translation
An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him.

English Standard Version
The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him, and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.

New American Standard Bible
His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin.

King James Bible
His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wicked man's iniquities entrap him; he is entangled in the ropes of his own sin.

International Standard Version
The wicked person's iniquities will capture him, and he will be held with the cords of his sin.

NET Bible
The wicked will be captured by his own iniquities, and he will be held by the cords of his own sin.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The evil man will be held captive in his debts and he will be bound in the cords of his sins.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A wicked person will be trapped by his own wrongs, and he will be caught in the ropes of his own sin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
His own iniquities shall take hold of the wicked, and he shall be imprisoned with the cords of his sins.

King James 2000 Bible
His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins.

American King James Version
His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins.

American Standard Version
His own iniquities shall take the wicked, And he shall be holden with the cords of his sin.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His own iniquities catch the wicked, and he is fast bound with the ropes of his own sins.

Darby Bible Translation
His own iniquities shall take the wicked, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sin.

English Revised Version
His own iniquities shall take the wicked, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sin.

Webster's Bible Translation
His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins.

World English Bible
The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare him. The cords of his sin hold him firmly.

Young's Literal Translation
His own iniquities do capture the wicked, And with the ropes of his sin he is holden.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:15-23 Lawful marriage is a means God has appointed to keep from these destructive vices. But we are not properly united, except as we attend to God's word, seeking his direction and blessing, and acting with affection. Ever remember, that though secret sins may escape the eyes of our fellow-creatures, yet a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord, who not only sees, but ponders all his goings. Those who are so foolish as to choose the way of sin, are justly left of God to themselves, to go on in the way to destruction.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 22, 23. - The fearful end of the adulterer. From the universal statement of God's omniscience and the Divine judgment, the teacher passes to the fate of the profligate. His end is inevitable ruin and misery. The deep moral lesson conveyed is that sin carries with it its own Nemesis. Adultery and impurity, like all sin of which they are forms, are retributive. The career of the adulterer is a career begun, continued, and ended in folly (comp. Proverbs 1:31, 32; Proverbs 2:5; Proverbs 18:7; Proverbs 29:6; and Psalm 9:15). Verse 22. - His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself; i.e. his manifold sins shall overtake and arrest him. The imagery is borrowed from the snare of the fowler. The emphatic form of the original, "His sins shall overtake him, the impious man," point conclusively to the adulterer. It is "his" sins that shall overtake him, not those of another, and they shall fall upon his own head; and further, his character is depicted in the condemning clause, "the impious man;" for such he is. Shall take. The verb lakad is literally "to take or catch animals in a snare or net," properly "to strike with a net." The wicked man becomes entangled and caught in his own sins; he is struck down and captured by them, just as the prey is struck by the snare of the fowler. The verb is, of course, used metaphorically, as in Job 5:13. The wicked (Hebrew, eth-harasa); in the original introduced as explanatory of the object, "him." And he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. The Authorized Version follows the LXX. and Vulgate in rendering "his sins," instead of the original "his sin" (khattatho). It is not so much every sin of man which shall hold him, though this is true, as the particular sin treated of in the address, viz. adultery, which shall do this. The expression, "the cords of his sin" (Hebrew, khavley khattatho), means the cords which his sin weaves around him. Nothing else will be requisite to bind and hold him fast for punishment (cf. "cords of vanity," in Isaiah 5:18).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself,.... As in a snare or net, as Gersom observes; in which the adulterer is so entangled that he cannot extricate himself; he may fancy that when he grows old his lusts will be weakened, and he shall be able to get clear of them, and have repentance for them, but he will find himself mistaken; he will become but more and more hardened by them and confirmed in them, and will have neither will nor power to repent of them, and shake off those shackles with which he is bound: and it may be understood of the guilt and punishment of his sins; that the horrors of a guilty conscience shall seize him, there will be no need of any others to arrest him, these will do that office; or diseases shall come upon him for his sins, and bring him to the dust of death, and so to everlasting destruction;

and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins; which he has been all his life committing and twisting together, and made as it were cords of, which by constant practice become strong as such; with the guilt of which he is bound as a malefactor, and will be brought to justice, being reserved in these cords, as the angels that sinned in their chains, unto the judgment of the great day; the phrase denotes the strength of sin, the impotency of man to get rid of it, and the sure and inevitable ruin that comes by it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22, 23. and He will cause sin to bring its punishment.

Proverbs 5:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
Avoid Immorality
21For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths. 22His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin. 23He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
Cross References
Numbers 32:23
"But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.

Judges 20:41
Then the Israelites counterattacked, and the Benjamites were terrified, because they realized that disaster had come on them.

Psalm 7:15
Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made.

Psalm 9:15
The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.

Psalm 40:12
For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.

Proverbs 1:31
they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

Proverbs 1:32
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;

Proverbs 11:5
The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.

Lamentations 1:14
"My sins have been bound into a yoke; by his hands they were woven together. They have been hung on my neck, and the Lord has sapped my strength. He has given me into the hands of those I cannot withstand.
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