Proverbs 6:27
New International Version
Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?

New Living Translation
Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire?

English Standard Version
Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?

Berean Study Bible
Can a man embrace fire and his clothes not be burned?

King James Bible
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

New King James Version
Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?

New American Standard Bible
Can anyone take fire in his lap And his clothes not be burned?

NASB 1995
Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned?

NASB 1977
Can a man take fire in his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?

Amplified Bible
Can a man take fire to his chest And his clothes not be burned?

Christian Standard Bible
Can a man embrace fire and his clothes not be burned?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can a man embrace fire and his clothes not be burned?

American Standard Version
Can a man take fire in his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Does a man put fire in his bosom and do his garments not burn?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Shall any one bind fire in his bosom, and not burn his garments?

Contemporary English Version
If you carry burning coals, you burn your clothes;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Can a man hide fire in his bosom, and his garments not burn?

English Revised Version
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

Good News Translation
Can you carry fire against your chest without burning your clothes?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can a man carry fire in his lap without burning his clothes?

International Standard Version
Can a man scoop fire into his bosom without burning his clothes?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Can a man take fire in his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?

Literal Standard Version
Does a man take fire into his bosom, "" And are his garments not burned?

NET Bible
Can a man hold fire against his chest without burning his clothes?

New Heart English Bible
Can a man scoop fire into his lap, and his clothes not be burned?

World English Bible
Can a man scoop fire into his lap, and his clothes not be burned?

Young's Literal Translation
Doth a man take fire into his bosom, And are his garments not burnt?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Warnings Against Adultery
26For the levy of the prostitute is poverty, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. 27Can a man embrace fire and his clothes not be burned? 28Can a man walk on hot coals without scorching his feet?…

Cross References
Proverbs 6:26
For the levy of the prostitute is poverty, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.

Proverbs 6:28
Can a man walk on hot coals without scorching his feet?


Treasury of Scripture

Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

Job 31:9-12
If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door; …

Hosea 7:4-7
They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened…

James 3:5
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!









Verse 27. - In this and the two following verses (28 and 29) the discourse proceeds from statement to illustration, and by examples of cause and effect the teacher shows "the moral necessity of the evil consequences of the sin of adultery" (Delitzsch). The meaning of the verses is plain enough, viz. that as it is in vain to suppose that a person's garment will not be burnt or his feet not be scorched if fire is brought near them, so it is equally inconceivable that a person indulging in adultery can escape its consequences or the retribution that follows. The two questions in vers. 27 and 28 imply a strong negative, and so prepare for the conclusion in ver. 30. Take fire. The Hebrew verb khathah signifies "to take burning or live coals from the hearth" (Placater); and hence is used here in a pregnant sense "to take from the hearth and place in" (cf. Proverbs 25:22, "For thou wilt take coals ['and heap them:' Hebrew, gekhalim khotheh] on his head"). The fuller expression is met with in Isaiah 30:14, "So that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth (lakh'toth esh miyyakud).'" The Vulgate renders by abscondere," to hide: Numquid potest homo absconders ignem; and the LXX. by ἀποδεῖν, equivalent to the Latin alligare "to tie or bind fast." Wordsworth explains "to take and heap up, as in a firepan or censer." In his bosom; Hebrew, b'kheyko; LXX., ἐν κόλπῳ; Vulgate, in sinu suo. The word kheyk is properly "an undulation" (Delitzsch). not the lap, but as in the Authorized Version here, "the bosom," and "the bosom of a garment" as in ch. 16:33; 17:23; 21:14. The answer to the question of this and the next verse is of course a decided negative, but we may note that the teacher compares adultery to a burning fire in its consequences.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

embrace
הֲיַחְתֶּ֤ה (hă·yaḥ·teh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2846: To lay hold of, to pick up fire

fire
אֵ֬שׁ (’êš)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 784: A fire

and his clothes
וּ֝בְגָדָ֗יו (ū·ḇə·ḡā·ḏāw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 899: A covering, clothing, treachery, pillage

not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

be burned?
תִשָּׂרַֽפְנָה׃ (ṯiś·śā·rap̄·nāh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's 8313: To be, on fire


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