Proverbs 6:28
New International Version
Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?

New Living Translation
Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet?

English Standard Version
Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?

Berean Study Bible
Can a man walk on hot coals without scorching his feet?

King James Bible
Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

New King James Version
Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared?

New American Standard Bible
Or can a person walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched?

NASB 1995
Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched?

NASB 1977
Or can a man walk on hot coals, And his feet not be scorched?

Amplified Bible
Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched?

Christian Standard Bible
Can a man walk on burning coals without scorching his feet?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can a man walk on burning coals without scorching his feet?

American Standard Version
Or can one walk upon hot coals, And his feet not be scorched?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Or does a man walk upon coals of fire and his feet are unharmed?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
or will any one walk on coals of fire, and not burn his feet?

Contemporary English Version
if you step on hot coals, you burn your feet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or can he walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be burnt?

English Revised Version
Or can one walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be scorched?

Good News Translation
Can you walk on hot coals without burning your feet?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can anyone walk on red-hot coals without burning his feet?

International Standard Version
Can a man walk on hot coals without scorching his feet?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Or can one walk upon hot coals, And his feet not be scorched?

Literal Standard Version
Does a man walk on the hot coals, "" And are his feet not scorched?

NET Bible
Can a man walk on hot coals without scorching his feet?

New Heart English Bible
Or can one walk on hot coals, and his feet not be scorched?

World English Bible
Or can one walk on hot coals, and his feet not be scorched?

Young's Literal Translation
Doth a man walk on the hot coals, And are his feet not scorched?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Warnings Against Adultery
27Can a man embrace fire and his clothes not be burned? 28Can a man walk on hot coals without scorching his feet? 29So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.…

Cross References
Proverbs 6:27
Can a man embrace fire and his clothes not be burned?

Proverbs 6:29
So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.


Treasury of Scripture

Can one go on hot coals, and his feet not be burned?









Verse 28. - Can one go upon hot coals, etc.? The repeated question is introduced by gin, "if," here equivalent to the Latin an, used in double questions, as in Genesis 24:21; Exodus 17:7; Judges 9:2, etc. Go; i.e. walk upon hot coals (Hebrew, al-haggekalim); literally, upon the hot coals. The Hebrew gakheleth is coals thoroughly ignited, as in Leviticus 16:12 and Proverbs 25:22; different from pekham of Proverbs 26:21, which is "a black coal," or, as Gesenius explains, charcoal unkindled. Be burned; Hebrew, tikkaveynah; i.e. be burned or scorched so as to leave a mark by burning, as in Isaiah 43:2; this being the force of the verb kavah. The flames of lust will certainly be visited with punishment, and with the stings of conscience. Job, speaking on this very subject, says a deviation from the paths of virtue "is a fire that consumeth to destruction." And to him who gives way to adultery it may be said, in the words of Horace, though with a different application from that in which they were used by that poet, "incedis per ignes suppositos cineri doloso." "You are walking over fire that lies hidden under deceitful ashes" (Gejerus).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Can
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

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

walk
יְהַלֵּ֣ךְ (yə·hal·lêḵ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

hot coals
הַגֶּחָלִ֑ים (hag·ge·ḥā·lîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1513: An ember

without
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

scorching
תִכָּוֶֽינָה׃ (ṯik·kā·we·nāh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's 3554: To burn, scorch, brand

his feet?
וְ֝רַגְלָ֗יו (wə·raḡ·lāw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - fdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7272: A foot, a step, the pudenda


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