New International Version
but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.
King James Bible
But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
Darby Bible Translation
but her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
World English Bible
But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a two-edged sword.
Young's Literal Translation
And her latter end is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a sword with mouths.
Proverbs 5:4 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Bitter as wormwood - כלענה Kelanah, like the detestable herb wormwood, or something analogous to it: something as excessive in its bitterness, as honey is in its sweetness.
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LibraryThe Cords of Sin
'His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.'--PROVERBS v. 22. In Hosea's tender picture of the divine training of Israel which, alas! failed of its effect, we read, 'I drew them with cords of a man,' which is further explained as being 'with bands of love.' The metaphor in the prophet's mind is probably that of a child being 'taught to go' and upheld in its first tottering steps by leading-strings. God drew Israel, though Israel did not yield …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Sinners Bound with the Cords of Sin
Second Great Group of Parables.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.
I am in the midst of lions; I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts-- men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.
I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.
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