Proverbs 15:15
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New International Version
All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

New Living Translation
For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

English Standard Version
All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.

New American Standard Bible
All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

King James Bible
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All the days of the oppressed are miserable, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

International Standard Version
The entire life of the afflicted seems disastrous, but a good heart feasts continuously.

NET Bible
All the days of the afflicted are bad, but one with a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
All the days of the poor are poor, and the sweet are always calm.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Every day is a terrible day for a miserable person, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Jubilee Bible 2000
All the days of the poor are difficult, but he that is of a good heart has a continual feast.

King James 2000 Bible
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.

American King James Version
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.

American Standard Version
All the days of the afflicted are evil; But he that is of a cheerful heart hath a continual feast.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All the days of the poor are evil: a secure mind is like a continual feast.

Darby Bible Translation
All the days of the afflicted are evil; but a cheerful heart is a continual feast.

English Revised Version
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a cheerful heart hath a continual feast.

Webster's Bible Translation
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

World English Bible
All the days of the afflicted are wretched, but one who has a cheerful heart enjoys a continual feast.

Young's Literal Translation
All the days of the afflicted are evil, And gladness of heart is a perpetual banquet.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:14. A wise man seeks to gain more wisdom, growing in grace and in the knowledge of Christ. But a carnal mind rests contented, flattering itself. 15. Some are much in affliction, and of a sorrowful spirit. Such are to be pitied, prayed for, and comforted. And others serve God with gladness of heart, and it prompts their obedience, yet they should rejoice with trembling.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - All the days of the afflicted are evil. "The days of the poor are evil," says the Talmud ('Dukes,' 73); but in our verse the contrasted clause restricts the sense of "the afflicted" to mental, not material, evil. The Vulgate pauperis gives a wrong impression. The persons intended are such as take a gloomy view of things, who are always in low spirits, and cannot rise superior to present circumstances. These never have a happy moment; they are always taking anxious thought (Matthew 6:25), and forecasting evil. The LXX., reading עיני for עני, translates, "At all times the eyes of the evil expect evil." But he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. The cheerful man's condition is a banquet unceasingly, a fixed state of joy and contentment. Septuagint, "But the righteous are at peace always;" Vulgate, "A secure mind is like a perpetual feast." "For," says St. Gregory ('Moral,' 12:44), "the mere repose of security is like the continuance of refreshment. Whereas, on the other hand, the evil mind is always set in pains and labours, since it is either contriving mischiefs that it may bring down, or fearing lest these be brought down upon it by others." Our own proverb says, "A contented mind is a continual feast."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

All the days of the afflicted are evil,.... And some are afflicted all their days, from their youth up; so that not only the days of old age are evil days, in which they have no pleasure, but even the days of their youth; all their days, as Jacob says, "few and evil have the days of the years of my life been", Genesis 47:9; because they had been filled up with affliction and trouble of one sort or another. Or, "all the days of the poor" (f); either in purse, who want many of the good things of life; or in knowledge, as Gersom and Aben Ezra observe;

but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast; a heart that has "the kingdom of God" in it, which lies "not in meat and drink, but in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost", Romans 14:17, which has the love of God shed abroad in it by the Spirit, where Christ dwells by faith; and that lives by faith on him, and on the provisions of his grace; all this is a constant continual feast to a gracious soul, made joyful hereby.

(f) "pauperis", V. L. Pagninus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Mercerus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. The state of the heart governs the outward condition.

evil—sad, contrasted with the cheerfulness of a feast.

Proverbs 15:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
14The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly. 15All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast. 16Better is a little with the fear of the LORD Than great treasure and turmoil with it.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:14
The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

Proverbs 15:16
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.
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All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.

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Genesis 37:35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but …

Genesis 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage …

Psalm 90:7-9 For we are consumed by your anger, and by your wrath are we troubled…

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Proverbs 16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him that has it: but the …

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.

Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and …

Romans 5:2,3,11 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, …

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

2 Corinthians 1:5,12 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation …

2 Corinthians 6:10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; …

1 Peter 1:6-8 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, …

1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings; …

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