New International Version
How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it!
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.
Proverbs 1:17 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird - This is a proverb of which the wise man here makes a particular use; and the meaning does not seem as difficult as some imagine. The wicked are represented as lurking privily for the innocent. It is in this way alone that they can hope to destroy them and take their substance; for if their designs were known, proper precautions would be taken against them; for it would be vain to spread the net in the sight of those birds which men wish to ensnare. Attend therefore to my counsels, and they shall never be able to ensnare thee.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
sight of any bird means eyes of anything that hath a wing
LibraryA Young Man's Best Counsellor
'The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2. To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3. To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4. To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion, 5. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6. To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. 7. …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
A Preface to the Reader.
How the Obstinate and the Fickle are to be Admonished.
How Christ is the Way in General, "I am the Way. "
for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.
These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves!
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