Proverbs 27:8

ESV Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home.
NIV Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home.
NASB Like a bird that wanders from its nest, So is a person who wanders from his home.
CSB Anyone wandering from his home is like a bird wandering from its nest.
NLT A person who strays from home is like a bird that strays from its nest.
KJV As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
NKJV Like a bird that wanders from its nest Is a man who wanders from his place.

What does Proverbs 27:8 mean?

Solomon (Proverbs 25:1) has just noted the importance of contentment (Proverbs 27:7). In a similar way, he warns that a bird wandering from its nest trades security for insecurity. It becomes vulnerable to danger, hunger, and isolation. This is especially dangerous if the bird is young and not ready to survive in the world on its own. So, too, a man who leaves home out of discontent faces insecurity, danger, hunger, and isolation. Ultimately, he may regret his decision to leave home.

Jesus related the story of the prodigal son who demanded his share of the inheritance from his father. He wandered far from home, wasted his money, and lived with reckless abandon. After exhausting his inheritance, he hired himself out to a pig herder and fed the pigs. He was so destitute that he was tempted to eat the pigs' food. At last, he came to his senses. He regretted his actions and longed to be back home. Fortunately, he returned home and found his loving father waiting for him (Luke 15:11–24).
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