New Living Translation
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.
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.
Proverbs 26:2 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
26:2 By flying - Secures itself from the fowler. Not come - Upon the innocent person, but he shall escape from it like a bird.
But how can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I condemn those whom the LORD has not condemned?
But the LORD your God refused to listen to Balaam. He turned the intended curse into a blessing because the LORD your God loves you.
2 Samuel 16:12
And perhaps the LORD will see that I am being wronged and will bless me because of these curses today."
A person who strays from home is like a bird that strays from its nest.
The women of Moab are left like homeless birds at the shallow crossings of the Arnon River.
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