Proverbs 7:23
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New International Version
till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.

New Living Translation
awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart. He was like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life.

English Standard Version
till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.

New American Standard Bible
Until an arrow pierces through his liver; As a bird hastens to the snare, So he does not know that it will cost him his life.

King James Bible
Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
until an arrow pierces its liver, like a bird darting into a snare-- he doesn't know it will cost him his life.

International Standard Version
until an arrow pierces his liver. As a bird darts into a snare, he doesn't realize his fatal decision.

NET Bible
till an arrow pierces his liver--like a bird hurrying into a trap, and he does not know that it will cost him his life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And like a stag when an arrow flies into its liver, he hastens like a living bird to a snare, and does not know that it is to the death of his soul that he goes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
until an arrow pierces his heart, like a bird darting into a trap. He does not realize that it will cost him his life.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Till an arrow strike through his liver; As a bird hasteneth to the snare-- And knoweth not that it is at the cost of his life.

New American Standard 1977
Until an arrow pierces through his liver;
            As a bird hastens to the snare,
            So he does not know that it will cost him his life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
until the arrow pierces through his liver. He is as a bird struggling in the snare and not knowing that it is against his own life.

King James 2000 Bible
Till an arrow strikes through his liver; as a bird hastens to the snare, and knows not that it is for his life.

American King James Version
Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hastens to the snare, and knows not that it is for his life.

American Standard Version
Till an arrow strike through his liver; As a bird hasteth to the snare, And knoweth not that it is for his life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Till the arrow pierce his liver: as if a bird should make haste to the snare, and knoweth not that his life is in danger.

Darby Bible Translation
till an arrow strike through his liver: as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for its life.

English Revised Version
Till an arrow strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

Webster's Bible Translation
Till a dart striketh through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

World English Bible
Until an arrow strikes through his liver, as a bird hurries to the snare, and doesn't know that it will cost his life.

Young's Literal Translation
Till an arrow doth split his liver, As a bird hath hastened unto a snare, And hath not known that it is for its life.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:6-27 Here is an affecting example of the danger of youthful lusts. It is a history or a parable of the most instructive kind. Will any one dare to venture on temptations that lead to impurity, after Solomon has set before his eyes in so lively and plain a manner, the danger of even going near them? Then is he as the man who would dance on the edge of a lofty rock, when he has just seen another fall headlong from the same place. The misery of self-ruined sinners began in disregard to God's blessed commands. We ought daily to pray that we may be kept from running into temptation, else we invite the enemies of our souls to spread snares for us. Ever avoid the neighbourhood of vice. Beware of sins which are said to be pleasant sins. They are the more dangerous, because they most easily gain the heart, and close it against repentance. Do nothing till thou hast well considered the end of it. Were a man to live as long as Methuselah, and to spend all his days in the highest delights sin can offer, one hour of the anguish and tribulation that must follow, would far outweigh them.
Study Bible
Warnings about the Adulteress
22Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool, 23Until an arrow pierces through his liver; As a bird hastens to the snare, So he does not know that it will cost him his life. 24Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth.…
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 6:32
The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.

Proverbs 7:22
Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool,

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.

Ecclesiastes 9:12
Moreover, man does not know his time: like fish caught in a treacherous net and birds trapped in a snare, so the sons of men are ensnared at an evil time when it suddenly falls on them.
Treasury of Scripture

Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hastens to the snare, and knows not that it is for his life.

a dart

Numbers 25:8,9 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both …

as a bird

Proverbs 1:17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

Ecclesiastes 9:12 For man also knows not his time: as the fishes that are taken in …

knoweth

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

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