New International Version
Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
King James Bible
As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
Darby Bible Translation
As the sparrow for flitting about, as the swallow for flying, so a curse undeserved shall not come.
World English Bible
Like a fluttering sparrow, like a darting swallow, so the undeserved curse doesn't come to rest.
Young's Literal Translation
As a bird by wandering, as a swallow by flying, So reviling without cause doth not come.
Proverbs 26:2 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
As the bird - צפור tsippor is taken often for the sparrow; but means generally any small bird. As the sparrow flies about the house, and the swallow emigrates to strange countries; so an undeserved malediction may flutter about the neighborhood for a season: but in a short time it will disappear as the bird of passage; and never take effect on the innocent person against whom it was pronounced.
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LibraryOne Lion Two Lions no Lion at All
A sermon (No. 1670) delivered on Thursday Evening, June 8th, 1882, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, by C. H. Spurgeon. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets."--Proverbs 22:13. "The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets."--Proverbs 26:13. This slothful man seems to cherish that one dread of his about the lions, as if it were his favorite aversion and he felt it to be too much trouble to invent another excuse. …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?
However, the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.
2 Samuel 16:12
It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today."
Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home.
Like fluttering birds pushed from the nest, so are the women of Moab at the fords of the Arnon.
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