Proverbs 15:19
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New International Version
The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.

New Living Translation
A lazy person's way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway.

English Standard Version
The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.

New American Standard Bible
The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, But the path of the upright is a highway.

King James Bible
The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A slacker's way is like a thorny hedge, but the path of the upright is a highway.

International Standard Version
The lifestyle of the lazy is like a thorny hedge, but the path taken by the upright is an open highway.

NET Bible
The way of the sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is like a highway.

New Heart English Bible
The way of the sluggard is like a thorn patch, but the path of the upright is a highway.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The ways of the lazy are filled with sorrows and the ways of the upright are clear.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The path of lazy people is like a thorny hedge, but the road of decent people is an [open] highway.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The way of the sluggard is as though hedged by thorns; But the path of the upright is even.

New American Standard 1977
The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns,
            But the path of the upright is a highway.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns, but the path of the righteous is made plain.

King James 2000 Bible
The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made a highway.

American King James Version
The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

American Standard Version
The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns; But the path of the upright is made a highway.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The way of the slothful is as a hedge of thorns; the way of the just is without offence.

Darby Bible Translation
The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns; but the path of the upright is made plain.

English Revised Version
The way of the sluggard is as an hedge of thorns: but the path of the upright is made an highway.

Webster's Bible Translation
The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

World English Bible
The way of the sluggard is like a thorn patch, but the path of the upright is a highway.

Young's Literal Translation
The way of the slothful is as a hedge of briers, And the path of the upright is raised up.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
18A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute. 19The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, But the path of the upright is a highway. 20A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:18
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute.

Proverbs 15:20
A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother.

Proverbs 22:5
Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards himself will be far from them.
Treasury of Scripture

The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

ways of the slothful

Proverbs 22:5,13 Thorns and snares are in the way of the fraudulent: he that does …

Proverbs 26:13 The slothful man said, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

Numbers 14:1-3,7-9 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the …

the way of the righteous

Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 8:9 They are all plain to him that understands, and right to them that …

Psalm 5:8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make …

Psalm 25:8,9,12 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way…

Psalm 27:11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of my enemies.

Isaiah 30:21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, …

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called …

made plain

Isaiah 57:14 And shall say, Cast you up, cast you up, prepare the way, take up …

(19) As a hedge of thorns.--Every difficulty in his path serves as an excuse for inaction (comp. Proverbs 22:13); while the upright man, who does his duty as in the sight of God, goes "from strength to strength" (Psalm 84:7), along the path of life smoothed for him (Isaiah 26:7), performing the "just works" appointed for him to do.

Verse 19. - The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns. The indolent sluggard is always finding or imagining difficulties and hindrances in his path, which serve as excuses for his laziness. The word for "thorn" here is chedek. It occurs elsewhere only in Micah 7:4, where the Authorized Version has "briar;" but the particular plant intended is not ascertained. Most writers consider it to be some spinous specimen of the solanum. The word refers, it is thought, to a class of plants the name of one of which, at least, the miscalled "apple of Sodom," is well known in poetry, and is a proverbial expression for anything which promises fair but utterly disappoints on trial. "This plant, which is really a kind of potato, grows everywhere in the warmer parts of Palestine, rising to a widely branching shrub from three to five feet high; the wood thickly set with spines; the flower like that of the potato, and the fruit, which is larger than the potato apple, perfectly round, and changing from yellow to bright red as it ripens.... The osher of the Arab is the true apple of Sodom. A very tropical-looking plant, its fruit is like a large smooth apple or orange, and hangs in clusters of three or four together. When ripe, it is yellow, and looks fair and attractive, and is soft to the touch, but if pressed, it bursts with a crack, and only the broken shell and a raw of small seeds in a half-open pod, with a few dry filaments, remain in the hand" (Geikie, 'Holy Land and Bible,' 2:74, 117). Cato, 'Dist.,' 54:3, 5 -

"Segnitiem fugito, quae vitae ignavia fertur;
Nam quum animus languet, consumit inertia corpus."
To the sluggard is opposed the righteous in the second member, because indolence is a grievous sin, and the greatest contrast to the active industry of the man who fears God and does his duty. The way of the righteous is made plain; "is a raised causeway;" selulah, as Proverbs 16:17: Isaiah 40:3; Isaiah 49:11. The upright man, who treads the path appointed for him resolutely and trustfully, finds all difficulties vanish; before him the thorns yield a passage; and that which the sluggard regarded as dangerous and impassable becomes to him as the king's highway. Vulgate, "The path of the just is without impediment;" Septuagint, "The roads of the manly (ἀνδρείων) are well beaten." St. Gregory ('Moral.,' 30:51), "Whatever adversity may have fallen in their way of life, the righteous stumble not against it. Because with the bound of eternal hope, and of eternal contemplation, they leap over the obstacles of temporal adversity" (comp. Psalm 18:29). The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns,.... Or, "strewed with thorns", as the Septuagint and Arabic versions; the Targum is,

"the ways of the slothful are briers and thorns.''

Either really being made so by his own conduct; who, by his slothfulness, has implicated and entangled himself in such difficulties, that he cannot extricate himself; his way is not passable, at least not very easily; it is as it were hedged up with thorns; see Hosea 2:6; or in his own apprehensions; who raises such difficulties about doing business, which to him seem insurmountable; at least which discourage him from attempting it, it being like breaking through thorns and briers; hence he will not plough because of the cold, nor go abroad because there is a lion in the streets, Proverbs 20:4; or the way of his duty, especially of virtue and religion, is as troublesome and disagreeable to him as breaking through a thorn hedge, or treading upon briers and thorns; to attend the duties of public worship, prayer, and hearing the word, is very irksome to him; to be present at family worship, at prayer, and hearing the Scriptures or religious discourses read, is like sitting upon thorns unto him. This, as Aben Ezra observes, is to be understood of a wicked man, as the opposition in the next clause shows;

but the way of the righteous is made plain: it is a castup way, as the word (p) signifies; a causeway, a highway, and a plain one, in which a truly righteous and good man finds no difficulty; yea, it is so plain, that men, though fools in other respects, shall not err therein, Isaiah 35:8; nor is it grievous and troublesome, but, on the contrary, very delightful, as the ways of Christ and wisdom are; his commandments are not grievous, his yoke is easy, and his paths pleasant; and the righteous man walks at liberty and with pleasure in them; and without offence or stumbling, as the Vulgate Latin version renders it.

(p) "aggestum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "eleveta", Mercerus, Gejerus; "strata", Montanus. 19. The difficulties of the slothful result from want of energy; the righteous find a

plain [and open] way—literally, "a highway," by diligence (1Sa 10:7; Ps 1:3).15:16,17. Believers often have enough when worldly eyes see little; the Lord is with them, without the cares, troubles, and temptations which are with the wealth of the wicked. 18. He that is slow to anger, not only prevents strife, but appeases it, if kindled. 19. Those who have no heart to their work, pretend that they cannot do their work without hardship and danger. And thus many live always in doubt about their state, because always in neglect of some duty. 20. Those who treat an aged mother or a father with contempt or neglect, show their own folly. 21. Such as are truly wise, study that their thoughts, words, and actions should be regular, sincere, and holy. 22. If men will not take time and pains to deliberate, they are not likely to bring any thing to pass. 23. Wisdom is needed to suit our discourse to the occasions. 24. A good man sets his affections on things above; his way leads directly thither.
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