Proverbs 15:24
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New International Version
The path of life leads upward for the prudent to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.

New Living Translation
The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave behind.

English Standard Version
The path of life leads upward for the prudent, that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.

New American Standard Bible
The path of life leads upward for the wise That he may keep away from Sheol below.

King James Bible
The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the discerning the path of life leads upward, so that he may avoid going down to Sheol.

International Standard Version
The way of life leads upward for the wise so he may avoid Sheol below.

NET Bible
The path of life is upward for the wise person, to keep him from going downward to Sheol.

New Heart English Bible
The path of life leads upward for the wise, to keep him from going downward to Sheol.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Way of Life is an ascent to the understanding one, to turn away from Sheol beneath.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The path of life for a wise person leads upward in order to turn him away from hell below.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The path of life goeth upward for the wise, that he may depart from the nether-world beneath.

New American Standard 1977
The path of life leads upward for the wise,
            That he may keep away from Sheol below.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The way of life is uphill to the wise, that he may separate himself from Sheol below.

King James 2000 Bible
The way of life leads above to the wise, that he may depart from sheol beneath.

American King James Version
The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

American Standard Version
To the wise the way of life goeth upward, That he may depart from Sheol beneath.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The path of life is above for the wise, that he may decline from the lowest hell.

Darby Bible Translation
The path of life is upwards for the wise, that he may depart from Sheol beneath.

English Revised Version
To the wise the way of life goeth upward, that he may depart from Sheol beneath.

Webster's Bible Translation
The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

World English Bible
The path of life leads upward for the wise, to keep him from going downward to Sheol.

Young's Literal Translation
A path of life is on high for the wise, To turn aside from Sheol beneath.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
23A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word! 24The path of life leads upward for the wise That he may keep away from Sheol below. 25The LORD will tear down the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:22
For a fire is kindled in My anger, And burns to the lowest part of Sheol, And consumes the earth with its yield, And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.

Proverbs 4:18
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
Treasury of Scripture

The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

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Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs …

Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of …

Psalm 139:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Jeremiah 21:8 And to this people you shall say, Thus said the LORD; Behold, I set …

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to …

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

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Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from where also we look for the …

Colossians 3:1,2 If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, …

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Proverbs 2:18 For her house inclines to death, and her paths to the dead.

Proverbs 5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

Proverbs 7:27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

Proverbs 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he …

Proverbs 23:14 You shall beat him with the rod, and shall deliver his soul from hell.

(24) The way of life is above to the wise.--These words sound like a faint echo of such passages as Philippians 3:20; Colossians 3:1-2, though the writer's meaning may only have been that the wise man who fears the Lord (Proverbs 1:7) is rewarded with long life on earth (Proverbs 3:16), and escapes death and hell (Proverbs 2:18-19). Comp. Isaiah 38:18-19.

Verse 24. - The way of life is above to the wise; Revised Version, to the wise the way of life goeth upward. The writer means primarily that the wise and good lead such a life as to preserve them from death (Proverbs 14:32). The path may be steep and painful, but at any rate it has this compensation - it leads away from destruction. It is obvious to read into the passage higher teaching. The good man's path leads heavenward, to a high life here, to happiness hereafter; his conversation is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), his affections are set on things above (Colossians 3:2). Such an upward life tends to material and spiritual health, as it is added, that he may depart from hell (SheoI) beneath. Primarily, a long and happy life is promised to the man who fears the Lord, as in Proverbs 3:16; secondarily, such a one avoids that downward course which ends in the darkness of hell. Vulgate, "The path of life is above the instructed man, to make him avoid the nethermost (novissimo) hell;" Septuagint, "The thoughts of the prudent man are the ways of life, that turning from Hades he may be safe." The way of life is above to the wise,.... Of "the way of life"; See Gill on Proverbs 10:17; this is said to be "above", or it tends "to what is above"; it leads to heaven and happiness above; the life itself it is the way of or to is above, it is hid with Christ in God; eternal life, glory, and happiness, is above; it is a house eternal in the heavens, an inheritance reserved there, and will be there enjoyed by the saints: the way to it is above; Christ is the way, and he is in heaven, at the Father's right hand, through whom only men can come at this life; wherefore those who are in the way of it have their thoughts, their hearts, their affections and conversations, above, Matthew 6:21. Faith, which deals with Christ the way, and by which men walk in him, is signified by soaring aloft, mounting up with wings as eagles, by entering within the vail, and dwelling on high, and by looking upwards, and at things unseen, and being the evidence of them. The Vulgate Latin version renders it, "the way of life is above the learned man", or wise man; the man that has no other than natural learning and wisdom, this way of life and salvation by Christ lies out of his knowledge; it is what the most sagacious and penetrating man could never discover; it is hid from the wise and prudent, and revealed to babes; or this is only known to such who are truly wise unto salvation; it is plain to them, and they highly esteem it, and choose to walk in it; it is an "ascent to him that understands", as the Syriac version renders it; it is a going up hill, it is an ascending upwards and heavenwards; such a man is continually looking upwards unto Christ, the author and finisher of his faith; pressing towards him, the mark for the prize; keeping his eye, not on things on earth, things temporal, which are seen here below, but on things above, things unseen, which are eternal in the heavens;

that he may depart from hell beneath; not from the grave, as "sheol" sometimes signifies: for wise men die as well as fools, and come to the grave, which is the house appointed for all living; even those who are in the way of life that is above do not escape death and the grave: but such are secured from everlasting ruin and destruction, from being destroyed soul and body in hell; they steer quite a different course and road from that; every step they take upwards carries them so far off from hell; which is the contrary way; the broad road of sin is the lower way, or what leads to hell and destruction beneath; the narrow way of faith in Christ is the upper way, and that leads to eternal life above. 24. (Compare Col 3:2). Holy purposes prevent sinning, and so its evils.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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