Proverbs 3:24
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New International Version
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

New Living Translation
You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.

English Standard Version
If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

New American Standard Bible
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

King James Bible
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.

International Standard Version
When you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be pleasant.

NET Bible
When you lie down you will not be filled with fear; when you lie down your sleep will be pleasant.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you will sleep and be unafraid, and you will lie down, and sleep will be sweet to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you lie down, you will not be afraid. As you lie there, your sleep will be sweet.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

King James 2000 Bible
When you lie down, you shall not be afraid: yea, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.

American King James Version
When you lie down, you shall not be afraid: yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.

American Standard Version
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: Yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou sleep, thou shalt not fear: thou shalt rest, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Darby Bible Translation
when thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid, but thou shalt lie down and thy sleep shall be sweet.

English Revised Version
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Webster's Bible Translation
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: but thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

World English Bible
When you lie down, you will not be afraid. Yes, you will lie down, and your sleep will be sweet.

Young's Literal Translation
If thou liest down, thou art not afraid, Yea, thou hast lain down, And sweet hath been thy sleep.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:21-26 Let us not suffer Christ's words to depart from us, but keep sound wisdom and discretion; then shall we walk safely in his ways. The natural life, and all that belongs to it, shall be under the protection of God's providence; the spiritual life, and all its interests, under the protection of his grace, so that we shall be kept from falling into sin or trouble.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - When thou liest down thou shalt not be afraid. This is beautifully illustrated by what David says in Psalm 4:8, "I will both lay me down in peace and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety." No fear is to be apprehended where Jehovah is Protector (see Psalm 3:5, 6; Psalm 46:1-3; Psalm 91:1-5; Psalm 121:5-8). When, (im) is rendered "if" by the Vulgate, LXX., Targum Jonathan. Thou liest down; tish'kav, "thou shalt lie down," kal future, like shakavta, kal perfect, in the corresponding hemistich, is from shakav, "to lie down," specially to lay one's self down to sleep, as in Genesis 19:4; Psalm 3:6. Vulgate, si dormieris; cf. Proverbs 6:22, "when thou sleepest" בְּשָׁכְבְּך, b'shok'b'ka). The LXX. rendering, "if thou sittest" (κάθη), arises from reading תֵּשֵׁב (teshev) for תִּשְׁכַב (tish'kav) Yea, thou shalt lie down; b'shok'b'ta, as before, with] prefixed, equivalent to the future, as in the Authorized Version; LXX., καθεύδῃς. Shall be sweet; arvah, from arav, "to be sweet," or "pleasant," perhaps "well mixed," as arev, equivalent to "to mix." Thy sleep shall be full of pleasing impressions, not restless, as in Deuteronomy 28:66 and Job 7:4, but sweet, because of the sense of safety, and from confidence in God, as well as from a good conscience (cf. Job 11:18, "Thou shalt take thy rest in safety," from which the idea is probably taken).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

When thou liest down thou shalt not be afraid,.... That is, when thou liest down on thy bed at night in order to take sleep, having committed thyself into the hands of a faithful Creator and covenant God and Father, and of Christ the Redeemer and Wisdom of God; thou shalt not be afraid of thieves breaking in to hurt thy person or rob thee of thy property, or of fire to consume thy dwelling and substance, and of nocturnal apparitions and diabolical spectres deceiving thy sight and disturbing thy mind: or when thou art "asleep" (e), for so the word also signifies; thou shall not be surprised out of it with any of the above things, or terrified in it with uneasy imaginations, anxious cares, and distressing dreams;

yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet; free of all uneasy thoughts and cares, sound and refreshing, pleasant and comfortable, like that of the labouring man, Ecclesiastes 5:12; see Psalm 4:8. This epithet of "sweet" is often given to "sleep" in poetic writings (f).

(e) "dormieris", V. L. "eum dormies", Vatablus. (f) , Homer. Odyss. 7. v. 289. & 19. v. 511. Theocrit. Idyll. 11. v. 22, 23.



Proverbs 3:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Blessed is He who Finds Wisdom
23Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble. 24When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes;…
Cross References
Job 11:19
You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.

Psalm 3:5
I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.

Psalm 112:8
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.

Psalm 127:2
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat-- for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Proverbs 1:33
but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."

Proverbs 6:22
When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.

Ecclesiastes 5:12
The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.

Jeremiah 31:26
At this I awoke and looked around. My sleep had been pleasant to me.
Treasury of Scripture

When you lie down, you shall not be afraid: yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.

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Proverbs 6:22 When you go, it shall lead you; when you sleep, it shall keep you; …

Leviticus 26:6 And I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none …

Psalm 3:5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

Psalm 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for you, LORD, only …

Psalm 121:4-7 Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep…

Ezekiel 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, said the Lord GOD.

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Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread …

Jeremiah 31:26 On this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet to me.

Acts 12:6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter …

1 Thessalonians 4:13,14 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning them …

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