Proverbs 1:18
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English Standard Version
but these men lie in wait for their own blood; they set an ambush for their own lives.

King James Bible
And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.

American Standard Version
And these lay wait for their own blood; They lurk privily for their own lives.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they themselves lie in wait for their own blood, and practise deceits against their own souls.

English Revised Version
And these lay wait for their own blood, they lurk privily for their own lives.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The first clause of this verse Hitzig translates: "as the pit (swallows) that which lives." This is untenable, because כּ with the force of a substantive (as instar, likeness) is regarded as a preposition, but not a conjunction (see at Psalm 38:14.). חיּים (the living) is connected with נבלעם, and is the accus. of the state (hâl, according to the terminology of the Arab. grammarians) in which they will, with impunity, swallow them up like the pit (the insatiable, Proverbs 27:20; Proverbs 30:16), namely, while these their sacrifices are in the state of life's freshness,

(Note: Only in this sense is the existing accentuation of this verse (cf. the Targ.) to be justified.)

"the living," - without doubt, like Psalm 55:16; Psalm 63:10; Psalm 124:3, in fact and in expression an allusion to the fate of the company of Korah, Numbers 16:30, Numbers 16:33. If this is the meaning of חיים, then תּמימים as the parallel word means integros not in an ethical sense, in which it would be a synonym of נקי of Proverbs 1:11 (cf. Proverbs 29:10 with Psalm 19:14), but in a physical sense (Graec. Venet. καὶ τελείους; Parchon as Rashi, בריאים ושלמים, vid., Bttcher, De Inferis, 293). This physical sense is claimed for תּם, Job 21:23, for תּם probably, Psalm 73:4, and why should not תמים, used in the law regarding sacrifices (e.g., Exodus 12:5, "without blemish") of the faultlessness of the victim, also signify such an one אשׁר אין־בּו מתם (Isaiah 1:6)? In the midst of complete external health they will devour them like those that go down to the grave (cf. Psalm 28:1; Psalm 88:5, with Isaiah 14:19), i.e., like those under whose feet the earth is suddenly opened, so that, without leaving any trace behind, they sink into the grave and into Hades. The connection of the finite with the accus. of place, Psalm 55:16, lies at the foundation of the genitive connection יורדי בור (with the tone thrown back): those that go down to the grave.

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Proverbs 5:22,23 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins...

Proverbs 9:17,18 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant...

Proverbs 28:17 A man that does violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.

Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.

Psalm 7:14-16 Behold, he travails with iniquity, and has conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood...

Psalm 9:16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executes: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days...

Matthew 27:4,5 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see you to that...

Cross References
Romans 2:5
But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.

Proverbs 1:11
If they say, "Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason;

Proverbs 1:17
For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird,

Proverbs 11:19
Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die.

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