Proverbs 26:2

As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

– Proverbs 26:2


The wording of this verse is difficult and commentators struggle with it. It’s best to take the verse as a part of the first 12 verses, else it would be the only one out of theme in this group. The curse in this verse is opposite of the honor in the first verse, so this verse seems connected in that way. Honor is not fitting for a fool and here the curse considered is causeless, or without reason. The image given is of birds flitting about, but never landing and remaining. The causeless curse will not stick.




Proverbs 3:33

The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
– Proverbs 3:33

Those who turn aside from God’s word are an abomination to him and thus the curse is in their house. The Lord warned Israel of the curse if they departed from his law (Deuteronomy 11:28; Leviticus 26:14-16). Alternatively, those who receive his wisdom and keep it, shall be blessed (Deuteronomy 28:2-14).

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