New American Standard Bible
Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net In the sight of any bird;
King James Bible
Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
Darby Bible Translation
For in vain the net is spread in the sight of anything which hath wings.
World English Bible
For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird:
Young's Literal Translation
Surely in vain is the net spread out before the eyes of any bird.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Strictly speaking, this is the first proverb (i. e., similitude) in the book; a proverb which has received a variety of interpretations. The true meaning seems to be as follows: "For in vain, to no purpose, is the net spread out openly. Clear as the warning is, it is in vain. The birds still fly in. The great net of God's judgments is spread out, open to the eyes of all, and yet the doers of evil, willfully blind, still rush into it." Others take the words as pointing to the failure of the plans of the evil-doers against the innocent (the "bird"): others, again, interpret the proverb of the young man who thinks that he at least shall not fall into the snares laid for him, and so goes blindly into them.
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