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.

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.

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.

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

As an ox goeth to the slaughter - The original of this and the following verse has been variously translated. Dr. Grey corrects and translates thus: "He goeth after her straightway, as an Ox goeth to the Slaughter; as a Dog to the Chain; and as a Deer till the Dart strike through his liver; as a Bird hasteneth to the Snare, and knoweth not that it is for its life." Very slight alterations in the Hebrew text produce these differences; but it is not necessary to pursue them; all serve to mark the stupidity and folly of the man who is led away by enticing women or who lives a life of intemperance.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a dart

Numbers 25:8,9 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly...

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 an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare...

knoweth

Proverbs 9:18 But he knows not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

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Twelfth Sunday after Trinity Gospel Transcends Law.
Text: 2 Corinthians 3, 4-11. 4 And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God; 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 7 But if the ministration of death, written, and engraven on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look stedfastly upon
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. III

The Desire of the Righteous Granted;
OR, A DISCOURSE OF THE RIGHTEOUS MAN'S DESIRES. ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR As the tree is known by its fruit, so is the state of a man's heart known by his desires. The desires of the righteous are the touchstone or standard of Christian sincerity--the evidence of the new birth--the spiritual barometer of faith and grace--and the springs of obedience. Christ and him crucified is the ground of all our hopes--the foundation upon which all our desires after God and holiness are built--and the root
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

Cross References
Proverbs 6:26
For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread, but another man's wife preys on your very life.

Proverbs 6:32
But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.

Proverbs 7:22
All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose

Ecclesiastes 7:26
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.

Ecclesiastes 9:12
Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.

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