Proverbs 6:27
New International Version
Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?

New Living Translation
Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire?

English Standard Version
Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?

Berean Study Bible
Can a man embrace fire and his clothes not be burned?

New American Standard Bible
Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned?

King James Bible
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

Christian Standard Bible
Can a man embrace fire and his clothes not be burned?

Contemporary English Version
If you carry burning coals, you burn your clothes;

Good News Translation
Can you carry fire against your chest without burning your clothes?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can a man embrace fire and his clothes not be burned?

International Standard Version
Can a man scoop fire into his bosom without burning his clothes?

NET Bible
Can a man hold fire against his chest without burning his clothes?

New Heart English Bible
Can a man scoop fire into his lap, and his clothes not be burned?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Does a man put fire in his bosom and do his garments not burn?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can a man carry fire in his lap without burning his clothes?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Can a man take fire in his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?

New American Standard 1977
Can a man take fire in his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?

King James 2000 Bible
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

American King James Version
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

American Standard Version
Can a man take fire in his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Shall any one bind fire in his bosom, and not burn his garments?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Can a man hide fire in his bosom, and his garments not burn?

Darby Bible Translation
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his garments not be burned?

English Revised Version
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

Webster's Bible Translation
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

World English Bible
Can a man scoop fire into his lap, and his clothes not be burned?

Young's Literal Translation
Doth a man take fire into his bosom, And are his garments not burnt?
Study Bible
Warnings Against Adultery
26For the levy of the prostitute is poverty, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. 27Can a man embrace fire and his clothes not be burned? 28Can a man walk on hot coals without scorching his feet?…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:26
For the levy of the prostitute is poverty, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.

Proverbs 6:28
Can a man walk on hot coals without scorching his feet?

Treasury of Scripture

Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

Job 31:9-12
If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door; …

Hosea 7:4-7
They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened…

James 3:5
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!







Lexicon
Can a man
אִ֓ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

embrace
הֲיַחְתֶּ֤ה (hă·yaḥ·teh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2846: To lay hold of, to pick up fire

fire
אֵ֬שׁ (’êš)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 784: A fire

and his clothes
וּ֝בְגָדָ֗יו (ū·ḇə·ḡā·ḏāw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 899: A covering, clothing, treachery, pillage

not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

be burned?
תִשָּׂרַֽפְנָה׃ (ṯiś·śā·rap̄·nāh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8313: To be, on fire
Verse 27. - In this and the two following verses (28 and 29) the discourse proceeds from statement to illustration, and by examples of cause and effect the teacher shows "the moral necessity of the evil consequences of the sin of adultery" (Delitzsch). The meaning of the verses is plain enough, viz. that as it is in vain to suppose that a person's garment will not be burnt or his feet not be scorched if fire is brought near them, so it is equally inconceivable that a person indulging in adultery can escape its consequences or the retribution that follows. The two questions in vers. 27 and 28 imply a strong negative, and so prepare for the conclusion in ver. 30. Take fire. The Hebrew verb khathah signifies "to take burning or live coals from the hearth" (Placater); and hence is used here in a pregnant sense "to take from the hearth and place in" (cf. Proverbs 25:22, "For thou wilt take coals ['and heap them:' Hebrew, gekhalim khotheh] on his head"). The fuller expression is met with in Isaiah 30:14, "So that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth (lakh'toth esh miyyakud).'" The Vulgate renders by abscondere," to hide: Numquid potest homo absconders ignem; and the LXX. by ἀποδεῖν, equivalent to the Latin alligare "to tie or bind fast." Wordsworth explains "to take and heap up, as in a firepan or censer." In his bosom; Hebrew, b'kheyko; LXX., ἐν κόλπῳ; Vulgate, in sinu suo. The word kheyk is properly "an undulation" (Delitzsch). not the lap, but as in the Authorized Version here, "the bosom," and "the bosom of a garment" as in ch. 16:33; 17:23; 21:14. The answer to the question of this and the next verse is of course a decided negative, but we may note that the teacher compares adultery to a burning fire in its consequences. 6:20-35 The word of God has something to say to us upon all occasions. Let not faithful reproofs ever make us uneasy. When we consider how much this sin abounds, how heinous adultery is in its own nature, of what evil consequence it is, and how certainly it destroys the spiritual life in the soul, we shall not wonder that the cautions against it are so often repeated. Let us notice the subjects of this chapter. Let us remember Him who willingly became our Surety, when we were strangers and enemies. And shall Christians, who have such prospects, motives, and examples, be slothful and careless? Shall we neglect what is pleasing to God, and what he will graciously reward? May we closely watch every sense by which poison can enter our minds or affections.
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