Proverbs 26:18
New International Version
Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death

New Living Translation
Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon

English Standard Version
Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death

Berean Study Bible
Like a madman shooting firebrands and deadly arrows,

New American Standard Bible
Like a madman who throws Firebrands, arrows and death,

New King James Version
Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,

King James Bible
As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,

Christian Standard Bible
Like a madman who throws flaming darts and deadly arrows,

Contemporary English Version
It's no crazier to shoot sharp and flaming arrows

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Like a madman who throws flaming darts and deadly arrows,

International Standard Version
Like the maniac who shoots fiery darts and deadly arrows—

NET Bible
Like a madman who shoots firebrands and deadly arrows,

New Heart English Bible
Like a madman who shoots firebrands, arrows, and death,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Just as a braggart casts words like sharp arrows of death

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Like a madman who shoots flaming arrows, arrows, and death,

JPS Tanakh 1917
As a madman who casteth firebrands, Arrows, and death;

New American Standard 1977
Like a madman who throws Firebrands, arrows and death,

Jubilee Bible 2000
As a mad man who casts firebrands, arrows, and death,

King James 2000 Bible
As a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,

American King James Version
As a mad man who casts firebrands, arrows, and death,

American Standard Version
As a madman who casteth firebrands, Arrows, and death,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
As those who need correction put forth fair words to men, and he that first falls in with the proposal will be overthrown;

Douay-Rheims Bible
As he is guilty that shooteth arrows, and lances unto death :

Darby Bible Translation
As a madman who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,

English Revised Version
As a madman who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death;

Webster's Bible Translation
As a mad man who casteth fire-brands, arrows, and death,

World English Bible
Like a madman who shoots torches, arrows, and death,

Young's Literal Translation
As one pretending to be feeble, Who is casting sparks, arrows, and death,
Study Bible
Similitudes and Instructions
17Like one who grabs a dog by the ears is a passerby who meddles in a quarrel not his own. 18Like a madman shooting firebrands and deadly arrows, 19so is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I was only joking!”…
Cross References
Judges 15:4
Then Samson went out and caught three hundred foxes. And he took torches, turned the foxes tail-to-tail, and fastened a torch between each pair of tails.

Isaiah 50:11
Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who array yourselves with firebrands, walk in the light of your fire and in the firebrands you have lit! This is what you will receive from My hand: You will lie down in a place of torment.

Treasury of Scripture

As a mad man who casts firebrands, arrows, and death,

firebrands is flames or sparks

Lexicon
Like a madman
כְּֽ֭מִתְלַהְלֵהַּ (kə·miṯ·lah·lê·ah)
Preposition-k | Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3856: To be rabid, to languish

shooting
הַיֹּרֶ֥ה (hay·yō·reh)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3384: To flow as water, to lay, throw, to point out, to teach

firebrands
זִקִּ֗ים (ziq·qîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2131: What leaps forth, flash of fire, a burning arrow, a bond

and deadly
וָמָֽוֶת׃ (wā·mā·weṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin

arrows,
חִצִּ֥ים (ḥiṣ·ṣîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2671: A piercer, an arrow, a wound, thunderbolt, the shaft of a, spear
(18) Firebrands.--Arrows to which some blazing material was attached, in order that they might set on fire whatever they touched.

Verses 18, 19 - A tetrastich, but without parallelisms. As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death. The word rendered "madman" is an ἅπαξ λεγόμενον, and has been variously explained; but the Authorized Version is probably correct. "Firebrands" are darts with some blazing material attached to them. "Death "forms a climax with the other dangers mentioned, which the madman deals forth recklessly and indiscriminately. So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport? When a man has injured his neighbour by lies or malice, the plea that he was only in joke is not allowed; the injury is not less real because he excuses it by alleging it was done not seriously, but playfully; no more than the fatal effects of the use of murderous weapons are lessened by their being employed by the hands of a maniac. Practical joking is often a most serious matter. A mediaeval adage says wisely -

"Cum jocus est verus, jocus est malus atque severus," Septuagint, "Even as those who are under medical treatment (ἱώμενοι) throw words at men, and he who first meets the word will be overthrown; so are all they that lay wait for their own friends, and when they are seen, say, I did it in jest." As insane persons who abuse and ill treat their physicians are excused by reason of their infirmity, so those who injure friends in secret try to excuse themselves when found out by alleging that they were only joking.
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