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

  • A disciple
    Brandie; It is so glaringly apparent that the Churches are teaching FALSE DOCTRINE! God was not more severe to the people of old time under the first covenant, than to the people from the time of Christ's first coming; but for Jesus' sake He waits for the fullness of the Nations to come in.
  • Brandie Burleson
    In response to Sinner82, this is the old testament before Jesus came. God's judgment was harsher before Jesus. He did not enjoy destroying the wicked, that's why He sent His son to die so that sinners like us would no longer be destroyed, but have a way for forgiveness.
  • A disciple
    Sinner; Perhaps you should try and read the chapter again a few times, slowly; and take note. It is not about God taking pleasure in bringing evil upon you, as you blasphemously suggest; but about men, as God's sons, should hear their Father's instructions, and take a course in life after His good character; and not be a defiant sinner and heathen; in the end good for nothing but to be destroyed.
  • BSP
    Verse 5: A wise person is willing to listen and learn.
  • Sinner82
    I thought He took no pleasure in the destruction of the wicked.....this doesn't add up
  • BSP
    Verse 10: Those who are doing bad things may try to entice others to join them in their bad course but here we are warned not to follow them and consent.

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