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.
Darby Bible Translation
As the sparrow for flitting about, as the swallow for flying, so a curse undeserved 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
i. e., "Vague as the flight of the sparrow, aimless as the wheelings of the swallow, is the causeless curse. It will never reach its goal." The marginal reading in the Hebrew, however, gives" to him" instead of "not" or "never;" i. e., "The causeless curse, though it may pass out of our ken, like a bird's track in the air, will come on the man who utters it." Compare the English proverb, "Curses, like young chickens, always come home to roost."
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"How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?
"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."
Like a bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who wanders from his home.
Then, like fleeing birds or scattered nestlings, The daughters of Moab will be at the fords of the Arnon.
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