Proverbs 1:17

“Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Surely in vaine the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Indeed, it is useless to spread the {baited} net In the sight of any bird;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For in vain is the net spread In the sight of any bird:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Truly, to no purpose is the net stretched out before the eyes of the bird:
- Basic English Bible

For in vain the net is spread in the sight of anything which hath wings.
- Darby Bible

Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
- Webster's Bible

For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird:
- World English Bible

Surely in vain is the net spread out before the eyes of any bird.
- Youngs Literal Bible

For in vain the net is spread in the eyes of any bird;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 1:17

1:17 In vain - The fowler who spreads, his net in the sight of the bird looseth his labour. But these, are more foolish than the silly birds, and though they are not ignorant of the mischief which these evil courses will bring upon themselves, yet they will not take warning.

Discussion for Proverbs 1

  • Brandy crowley
    my commnet is that I think that the bible tells us the truth about god wants us to do and also tells us to pray for forgiveness.
  • Marie hoadley
    Proverbs is a great book and worth its wisdom in gold better then gold, we should live by this book.
  • Norm
    Shelly, The 1611 King James translation, which took 7 years to translate is the tried Word of God. It may be profitable for you to diligently study Proverbs 1 again and Ecclesiasticus Chapter 30 in the Apocrypha. I pray God you receive His Spirit to the fullest and may He bless you richly in His instruction, His Word! Psalms 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Ecclesiastes 8:4 Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou? Proverbs 8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • Shelly
    I think some of Proverbs was mistranslated. The part where it said spare not the rod and spoil the child. It should said say spare not the rod or method of correction or the child will be of no good. Some people misunderstand that. If you are a christian you will teach your child in the right manner. Some kids respond differently than others. That is why we have to be careful about the method.
  • Angela
    Proverbs gives you the knowledge to help others understand why you believe what you do, behave the way you do, and gives you the strength to walk away for that which is not good for you.
  • Kim
    I just started reading Proverbs because I want a better understanding of it for myself.

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