Proverbs 1:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 1:17, NIV: "How useless to spread a net where every bird can see it!"

Proverbs 1:17, ESV: "For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird,"

Proverbs 1:17, KJV: "Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird."

Proverbs 1:17, NASB: "Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net In the sight of any bird;"

Proverbs 1:17, NLT: "If a bird sees a trap being set, it knows to stay away."

Proverbs 1:17, CSB: "It is useless to spread a net where any bird can see it,"

What does Proverbs 1:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Here, Solomon shows the plans of evil people to be foolishness. Solomon desperately wants to point out that all their promises are in vain. He uses the simple example of the bird. Even that ignorant animal is smart enough not to be caught in a trap when it watches the hunter set it up. Thinking one can escape obvious disaster is foolish. Only the fool will be taken by the temptation of these sinners. Sadly, human beings are prone to making exactly these kinds of ridiculous mistakes.