English Standard Version
Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death
King James Bible
As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
American Standard Version
As a madman who casteth firebrands, Arrows, and death,
As he is guilty that shooteth arrows, and lances unto 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,
Proverbs 26:18 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
12 Seest thou a man who is wise in his own eyes?
The fool hath more hope than he.
Regarding the perf. hypotheticum ראית, vid., at Proverbs 22:29. Line second is repeated, Proverbs 29:20, unchanged. ממּנּוּ, prae eo, is equivalent to the Mishnic יותר ממּנּוּ, plus quam ei. As the conversion of a sinner, who does not regard himself as righteous, is more to be expected than that of a self-righteous man (Matthew 9:12.), so the putting right of a fool, who is conscious that he is not wise (cf. Proverbs 24:7), is more likely to be effected than that of one deeming himself wise; for the greatest hindrance to any turning toward that which is better lies in the delusion that he does not need it.
(Note: The Targum has 12b after Codd. פּקח סכלא טב מגּיהּ ( equals Syr. pekach, expedit, convenit, melius est), it is far better circumstanced regarding the fool than regarding him. Vid., Geiger's Zeitschr. vi. (1868), p. 154.)
Thus far the group of proverbs regarding fools.
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firebrands is flames or sparks
So Samson went and caught 300 foxes and took torches. And he turned them tail to tail and put a torch between each pair of tails.
Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who equip yourselves with burning torches! Walk by the light of your fire, and by the torches that you have kindled! This you have from my hand: you shall lie down in torment.
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