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Proverbs 26:2

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— Like a sparrow in [its] flitting, like a swallow in [its] flying, So a curse without cause does not alight.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, so the curse that is causeless lighteth not.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, So the curse that is causeless alighteth not.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— As the sparrow for flitting about, as the swallow for flying, so a curse undeserved shall not come.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— As a sparrow in wandering, as a swallow in flying, so, a causeless curse, shall not alight.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— As a bird by wandering, as a swallow by flying, So reviling without cause doth not come.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— As a bird flying to other places, and a sparrow going here or there: so a curse uttered without cause shall come upon a man.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— As the sparowe by flying, and the swallow by flying escape, so the curse that is causeles, shall not come.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— As the bird by wandring, as the swallow by flying: so the curse causelesse shall not come.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— Like sparrows wandering and like birds flying in the air, so the curse that is causeless shall be driven away.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— As birds and sparrows fly, so a curse shall not come upon any one without a cause.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
As the bird 6833
{6833} Prime
From H6852; a little bird (as hopping).
by wandering, 5110
{5110} Prime
A primitive root; to nod, that is, waver; figuratively to wander, flee, disappear; also (from shaking the head in sympathy), to console, deplore, or (from tossing the head in scorn) taunt.
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
as the swallow 1866
{1866} Prime
The same as H1865, applied to a bird; the swift, a kind of swallow.
by flying, 5774
{5774} Prime
A primitive root; to cover (with wings or obscurity); hence (as denominative from H5775) to fly; also (by implication of dimness) to faint (from the darkness of swooning).
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
so x3651
(3651) Complement
From H3559; properly set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjugation) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles).
the curse 7045
{7045} Prime
From H7043; vilification.
causeless 2600
{2600} Prime
From H2580; gratis, that is, devoid of cost, reason or advantage.
shall not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
come. 935
{0935} Prime
A primitive root; to go or come (in a wide variety of applications).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 26:2

_ _ Though not obvious to us,

_ _ the bird — literally, “sparrow” — and

_ _ swallow — have an object in their motions, so penal evil falls on none without a reason.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 26:2

_ _ Here is, 1. The folly of passion. It makes men scatter causeless curses, wishing ill to others upon presumption that they are bad and have done ill, when either they mistake the person or misunderstand the fact, or they call evil good and good evil. Give honour to a fool, and he thunders out his anathemas against all that he is disgusted with, right or wrong. Great men, when wicked, think they have a privilege to keep those about them in awe, by cursing them, and swearing at them, which yet is an expression of the most impotent malice and shows their weakness as much as their wickedness. 2. The safety of innocency. He that is cursed without cause, whether by furious imprecations or solemn anathemas, the curse shall do him no more harm than the bird that flies over his head, than Goliath's curses did to David, 1 Samuel 17:43. It will fly away like the sparrow or the wild dove, which go nobody knows where, till they return to their proper place, as the curse will at length return upon the head of him that uttered it.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 26:2

By flying — Secures itself from the fowler. Not come — Upon the innocent person, but he shall escape from it like a bird.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Numbers 23:8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, [whom] the LORD hath not defied?
Deuteronomy 23:4-5 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee. ... Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.
1 Samuel 14:28-29 Then answered one of the people, and said, Thy father straitly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed [be] the man that eateth [any] food this day. And the people were faint. ... Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey.
1 Samuel 17:43 And the Philistine said unto David, [Am] I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
2 Samuel 16:12 It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.
Nehemiah 13:2 Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing.
Psalms 109:28 Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.
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Nu 23:8. Dt 23:4. 1S 14:28; 17:43. 2S 16:12. Ne 13:2. Ps 109:28.

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