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Proverbs 26:18 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— As a madman who casteth firebrands, Arrows, and death,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— As a mad [man] who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Like a madman who throws Firebrands, arrows and death,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— As a mad [man] who casteth fire-brands, arrows, and death,
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— As a madman who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— As a madman throwing firebrands, arrows and death,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— As [one] pretending to be feeble, Who is casting sparks, arrows, and death,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— As he is guilty that shooteth arrows, and lances unto death.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— As a mad man, who casteth firebrands, arrowes, and death:
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— As those who need correction put forth [fair] words to men, and he that first falls in with the proposal will be overthrown;
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— As a mad [man] who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
As a mad 3856
{3856} Prime
A primitive root meaning properly to burn, that is, (by implication) to be rabid (figuratively insane); also (from the exhaustion of frenzy) to languish.
<8700> Grammar
Stem - Hithpalpel (See H8821)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 3
[man] who casteth 3384
{3384} Prime
A primitive root; properly to flow as water (that is, to rain); transitively to lay or throw (especially an arrow, that is, to shoot); figuratively to point out (as if by aiming the finger), to teach.
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
firebrands, 2131
{2131} Prime
From H2187; properly what leaps forth, that is, flash of fire, or a burning arrow; also (from the original sense of the root) a bond.
arrows, 2671
{2671} Prime
From H2686; properly a piercer, that is, an arrow; by implication a wound; figuratively (of God) thunder bolt; (by interchange for H6086) the shaft of a spear.
and death, 4194
{4194} Prime
From H4191; death (natural or violent); concretely the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively pestilence, ruin.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 26:18-19

_ _ Such are reckless of results.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 26:18-19

_ _ See here, 1. How mischievous those are that make no scruple of deceiving their neighbours; they are as madmen that cast firebrands, arrows, and death, so much hurt may they do by their deceits. They value themselves upon it as polite cunning men, but really they are as madmen. There is not a greater madness in the world than a wilful sin. It is not only the passionate furious man, but the malicious deceitful man, that is a madman; he does in effect cast fire-brands, arrows, and death; he does more mischief than he can imagine. Fraud and falsehood burn like fire-brands, kill, even at a distance, like arrows. 2. See how frivolous the excuse is which men commonly make for the mischief they do, that they did it in a jest; with this they think to turn it off when they are reproved for it, Am not I in sport? But it will prove dangerous playing with fire and jesting with edge-tools. Not that those are to be commended who are captious, and can take no jest (those that themselves are wise must suffer fools, 2 Corinthians 11:19, 2 Corinthians 11:20), but those are certainly to be condemned who are any way abusive to their neighbours, impose upon their credulity, cheat them in their bargains with them, tell lies to them or tell lies of them, give them ill language, or sully their reputation, and then think to excuse it by saying that they did but jest. Am not I in sport? He that sins in just must repent in earnest, or his sin will be his ruin. Truth is too valuable a thing to be sold for a jest, and so is the reputation of our neighbour. By lying and slandering in jest men learn themselves, and teach others, to lie and slander in earnest; and a false report, raised in mirth, may be spread in malice; besides, if a man may tell a lie to make himself merry, why not to make himself rich, and so truth quite perishes, and men teach their tongues to tell lies, Jeremiah 9:5. If men would consider that a lie comes from the devil, and brings to hell-fire, surely that would spoil the sport of it; it is casting arrows and death to themselves.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 26:18

And death — Any instruments of death.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
Heb. flames, or sparks


Proverbs 7:23 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it [is] for his life.
Proverbs 25:18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour [is] a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
Genesis 49:23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot [at him], and hated him:
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