Proverbs 24:30
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New International Version
I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;

New Living Translation
I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense.

English Standard Version
I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,

New American Standard Bible
I passed by the field of the sluggard And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense,

King James Bible
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I went by the field of a slacker and by the vineyard of a man lacking sense.

International Standard Version
I went by the field belonging to a lazy man, by a vineyard belonging to a senseless person.

NET Bible
I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of one who lacks wisdom.

New Heart English Bible
I went by the field of the sluggard, by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I passed by the field of a lazy man and by the vineyard of a son of man lacking heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I passed by a lazy person's field, the vineyard belonging to a person without sense.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I went by the field of the slothful, And by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

New American Standard 1977
I passed by the field of the sluggard,
            And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense;

Jubilee Bible 2000
I went by the field of the slothful and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding,

King James 2000 Bible
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

American King James Version
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

American Standard Version
I went by the field of the sluggard, And by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

Douay-Rheims Bible
I passed by the field of the slothful man, and by the vineyard of the foolish man:

Darby Bible Translation
I went by the field of a sluggard, and by the vineyard of a man void of understanding;

English Revised Version
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

Webster's Bible Translation
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

World English Bible
I went by the field of the sluggard, by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

Young's Literal Translation
Near the field of a slothful man I passed by, And near the vineyard of a man lacking heart.
Study Bible
Further Sayings of the Wise
29Do not say, "Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work." 30I passed by the field of the sluggard And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense, 31And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles; Its surface was covered with nettles, And its stone wall was broken down.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:32
The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it.

Ecclesiastes 10:18
Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks.
Treasury of Scripture

I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

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Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

Job 5:27 See this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know you it for your good.

Job 15:17 I will show you, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare;

Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous …

Psalm 107:42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.

Ecclesiastes 4:1-8 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under …

Ecclesiastes 7:15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just …

Ecclesiastes 8:9-11 All this have I seen, and applied my heart to every work that is …

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Proverbs 10:13 In the lips of him that has understanding wisdom is found: but a …

Proverbs 12:11 He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that …

(30) I went by the field of the slothful . . .--The parable of the vineyard let out to husbandmen for them to render the fruits in due season (Matthew 21:33), and of the thorns which choked the word (ibid., Proverbs 13:7), suggest a spiritual meaning for this passage. It warns us not to allow the weeds of evil habits to spring up in the garden of the soul through sloth, nor to suffer God's protecting care (the wall) to be withdrawn from us because we have not sought it constantly in prayer.

Verses 30-34. - A mashal ode concerning the sluggard (for similar odes, comp. Proverbs 7:41-23; Job 5:3-5; Psalm 37:35, etc.; Isaiah 5:1-6). Verse 30. - The field...the vineyard; the two chief objects of the farmer's care, which need constant labour if they are to prove productive. Moralizing on this passage, St. Gregory ('Moral.,' 20:54) says, "To pass by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding, is to look into the life of any careless liver, and to take a view of his deeds." I went by the field of the slothful,.... This very probably was a real matter of fact; King Solomon's way lay at a certain time by the field of a slothful man, who never went into it himself, there being a lion in the way; and which he took no care of to manure and till, to plough and sow, but let it lie waste and uncultivated; an emblem of a carnal and worldly professor, and especially an unregenerate man, neglecting the affairs of his soul, his heart remaining like the fallow field unopened and unbroken, hard, obdurate, and impenitent; nothing sown in it, no seed of grace; nor has the seed of the word any place in it, but falling on it lies like seed by the wayside, caught up by every bird;

and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; as the slothful man is, that takes no care to plant and dress it, that it may bring forth fruit to his own profit and advantage; and as every unregenerate man is, who is unconcerned about his soul, and the welfare of it; whatever understanding he may have of things natural and civil, he has no knowledge of spiritual things, of God in Christ, of himself, his state and condition; of Christ, and the way of peace, life, and salvation by him; of the Spirit, and his work of grace upon the heart; and of the Gospel, and the mysteries of it; and so has no regard to the vineyard of his soul, and the plantation and fruitfulness of it; see Sol 1:6. 30, 31. A striking picture of the effects of sloth.24:30-34. See what a blessing the husbandman's calling is, and what a wilderness this earth would be without it. See what great difference there is in the management even of worldly affairs. Sloth and self-indulgence are the bane of all good. When we see fields overgrown with thorns and thistles, and the fences broken down, we see an emblem of the far more deplorable state of many souls. Every vile affection grows in men's hearts; yet they compose themselves to sleep. Let us show wisdom by doubling our diligence in every good thing.
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