Proverbs 24:31
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New International Version
thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.

New Living Translation
I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down.

English Standard Version
and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.

New American Standard Bible
And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles; Its surface was covered with nettles, And its stone wall was broken down.

King James Bible
And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Thistles had come up everywhere, weeds covered the ground, and the stone wall was ruined.

International Standard Version
There it was, overgrown with thistles, the ground covered with thorns, its stone wall collapsed.

NET Bible
I saw that thorns had grown up all over it, the ground was covered with weeds, and its stone wall was broken down.

New Heart English Bible
Look, it was all grown over with thorns. Its surface was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And all of that climbed up, filled with a tangle of thorns, and they covered the face of the gates.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I saw that it was all overgrown with thistles. The ground was covered with weeds, and its stone fence was torn down.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And, lo, it was all grown over with thistles, The face thereof was covered with nettles, And the stone wall thereof was broken down.

New American Standard 1977
And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles,
            Its surface was covered with nettles,
            And its stone wall was broken down.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and, behold, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered its face, and its stone wall was broken down.

King James 2000 Bible
And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and weeds had covered its face, and its stone wall was broken down.

American King James Version
And, see, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

American Standard Version
And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, The face thereof was covered with nettles, And the stone wall thereof was broken down.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And behold it was all filled with nettles, and thorns had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall was broken down.

Darby Bible Translation
and lo, it was all grown over with thistles, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and its stone wall was broken down.

English Revised Version
And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, the face thereof was covered with nettles, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

Webster's Bible Translation
And lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face of it, and its stone wall was broken down.

World English Bible
Behold, it was all grown over with thorns. Its surface was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.

Young's Literal Translation
And lo, it hath gone up -- all of it -- thorns! Covered its face have nettles, And its stone wall hath been broken down.
Study Bible
Further Sayings of the Wise
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. 32When I saw, I reflected upon it; I looked, and received instruction.…
Cross References
Genesis 3:18
"Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field;

Job 30:7
"Among the bushes they cry out; Under the nettles they are gathered together.

Proverbs 24:32
When I saw, I reflected upon it; I looked, and received instruction.

Isaiah 5:5
"So now let Me tell you what I am going to do to My vineyard: I will remove its hedge and it will be consumed; I will break down its wall and it will become trampled ground.
Treasury of Scripture

And, see, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

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Genesis 3:17-19 And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your …

Job 31:40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. …

Jeremiah 4:3 For thus said the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up …

Matthew 13:7,22 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them…

Hebrews 6:8 But that which bears thorns and briers is rejected, and is near to …

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Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD tends to life: and he that has it shall abide …

Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall …

Proverbs 22:13 The slothful man said, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

Proverbs 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness …

Ecclesiastes 10:18 By much slothfulness the building decays; and through idleness of …

Verse 31. - Thorns. Kimmashon is the word here used, but the plant has not been certainly identified (comp. Isaiah 34:13). Nettles (charul). The stinging nettle is quite common in Palestine, but the plant here meant is probably the prickly acanthus, which quickly covers any spot left uncultivated (Job 30:7). Revised Version margin suggests wild vetches. Ovid, 'Trist.,' 5:12. 21 -

"Adde, quod ingenium louga rubigine laesum
Torpet, et est multo, quam fuitante, minus.
Fertilis, assiduo si non renovetur aratro,
Nil, nisicum spinis gramen, habebit ager."
So spiritual writers have used this apologue as teaching a lesson concerning the soul and the life of man, how that spiritual sloth allows the growth of evil habits, and the carelessness which maintains not the defence of law and prayer, but admits the enemy, and the result is the loss of the true riches and the perishing of the heavenly life. The two verses are thus rendered, or morally applied, in the Septuagint: "A foolish man is as a farm. and a man wanting in sense is as a vineyard; if you leave him, he will be barren, and will be altogether covered with weeds, and he will become deserted, and his fences of stone are broken down." And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns,.... Or "thistles" (y); which grow up of themselves, are the fruit of the curse, and the effect of slothfulness;

and nettles had covered the face thereof; so that nothing was to be seen but thorns and thistles, nettles and weeds; and such is the case of the souls of men when neglected, and no concern is had for them; so it is with carnal and worldly professors, who are overrun with the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things, comparable to thorns and nettles for their piercing and stinging nature, and the unfruitfulness and unprofitableness of them; such are the thorny ground hearers, Matthew 13:22; and such is the case of all unregenerate persons, whose souls are like an uncultivated field, and a neglected vineyard; in which grow naturally the weeds of sin and corruption, comparable to thorns and nettles for their spontaneous production, for the number of them, for their unfruitfulness, and for the pain and distress they bring when conscience is awakened; and because as such ground that bears thorns and nettles is nigh to cursing, and its end to be burned, which is their case; see Hebrews 6:8;

and the stone wall thereof was broken down; the fence about the fields, the wall about the vineyard, to keep out men and beasts; see Isaiah 5:2; which through slothfulness, and want of repair and keeping up, fell to decay, Ecclesiastes 10:18; and thus carnal professors and unregenerate men, having no guard upon themselves, are open and exposed to every sin, snare, and temptation; Satan has free egress and regress; the evil spirit can go out and come in when he pleases, and bring seven evil spirits more wicked than himself: indeed such is the evil heart of man that it needs no tempter; he is drawn aside of his own lust, and enticed; he is liable to every sin, and to fall into the utmost ruin; he has nothing to protect and defend him; not the Spirit, nor grace, nor power of God.

(y) "chamaeleones", Junius & Tremellius; "cardui", Piscator, Cocceius; "carduis", Michaelis, Schultens. 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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