Proverbs 27:8
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English Standard Version
Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home.

King James Bible
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

American Standard Version
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, So is a man that wandereth from his place.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that leaveth his place.

English Revised Version
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

Webster's Bible Translation
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

2 Let another praise thee, and not thine own mouth;

   A stranger, and not thine own lips.

The negative לא is with פיך, as in (Arab.) ghyra fyk, bound into one compact idea: that which is not thine own mouth (Fleischer), "not thine own lips," on the other hand, is not to be interpreted as corresponding to it, like אל־מות, Proverbs 12:28; since after the prohibitive אל, יהללוּך [praise thee] easily supplies itself. זר is properly the stranger, as having come from a distance, and נכרי he who comes from an unknown country, and is himself unknown (vid., under Proverbs 26:24); the idea of both words, however, passes from advena and alienigena to alius. There is certainly in rare cases a praising of oneself, which is authorized because it is demanded (2 Corinthians 11:18), which, because it is offered strongly against one's will, will be measured by truth (Proverbs 10:13); but in general it is improper to applaud oneself, because it is a vain looking at oneself in a glass; it is indecent, because it places others in the shade; imprudent, because it is of no use to us, but only injures, for propria laus sordet, and as Stobus says, οὐδὲν οὕτως ἄκουσμα φορτικὸν ὡς καθ ̓ αὑτοῦ ἔταινος. Compare the German proverb, "Eigenlob stinkt, Freundes Lob hinkt, fremdes Lob klingt" [ equals self-praise stinks, a friend's praise is lame, a stranger's praise sounds].

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Job 39:14-16 Which leaves her eggs in the earth, and warms them in dust...

Isaiah 16:2 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.


Proverbs 21:16 The man that wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

Genesis 14:16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

Genesis 16:6-8 But Abram said to Sarai, Behold, your maid is in your hand; do to her as it pleases you. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her...

1 Samuel 22:5 And the prophet Gad said to David, Abide not in the hold; depart, and get you into the land of Judah. Then David departed...

1 Samuel 27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul...

1 Kings 19:9 And he came thither to a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said to him, What do you here...

Nehemiah 6:11-13 And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who is there, that, being as I am, would go into the temple to save his life...

Jonah 1:3,10-17 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish...

1 Corinthians 7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

Cross References
Genesis 21:14
So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

Proverbs 26:2
Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight.

Proverbs 27:7
One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.

Isaiah 16:2
Like fleeing birds, like a scattered nest, so are the daughters of Moab at the fords of the Arnon.

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