Proverbs 9:18
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New International Version
But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.

New Living Translation
But little do they know that the dead are there. Her guests are in the depths of the grave.

English Standard Version
But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

New American Standard Bible
But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

King James Bible
But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But he doesn't know that the departed spirits are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

International Standard Version
But he does not realize that the dead lurk there, and her invited guests wind up in the depths of Sheol.

NET Bible
But they do not realize that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave.

New Heart English Bible
But he doesn't know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he does not know that mighty men perish in her presence, and all that are summoned to her are in the depths of Sheol; but do not tarry in that place, and do not let your eye be caught by her, for so you should pass by the waters of strangers and the river of foreigners, and from the waters of foreigners you should not drink, so that many days and years of life will be added to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But he does not know that the souls of the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of hell.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But he knoweth not that the shades are there; That her guests are in the depths of the nether-world.

New American Standard 1977
But he does not know that the dead are there,
            That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.



Jubilee Bible 2000
But he does not know that the dead are there and that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

King James 2000 Bible
But he knows not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of the grave.

American King James Version
But he knows not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

American Standard Version
But he knoweth not that the dead are there; That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he did not know that giants are there, and that her guests are in the depths of hell. The Parables of Solomon

Darby Bible Translation
But he knoweth not that the dead are there; [that] her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

English Revised Version
But he knoweth not that the dead are there; that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

World English Bible
But he doesn't know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

Young's Literal Translation
And he hath not known that Rephaim are there, In deep places of Sheol her invited ones!

(18) The dead are there.--Comp. on Proverbs 2:18.

Verse 18. - The deluded youth is supposed to be persuaded by the seductions of Folly and to enter her house. The writer, then, in a few weighty words, shows the terrible result of this evil compliance. But he knoweth not that the dead are there (see on Proverbs 2:18 and Proverbs 7:27). There are none "there," in her house, who can be said to be living, they are rephaim, shadowy ghosts of living men, or else demons of the nether world. The Septuagint and Vulgate, with a reference to Genesis 6:4, translate γηγενεῖς and gigantes. Her guests are in the depths of hell (sheol); Septuagint, "He knows not that giants perish at her side, and he meets with a trap of hell." The terrible warning may profitably be repeated more than once, It is like Christ's awful saying, three times enunciated, "Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:44, 46, 48). The LXX. has another paragraph at the end of this verse, which has no counterpart in the Hebrew: "But start away, delay not in the place, nor put thy name ['eye,' al.] by her; for thus shalt thou pass over (διαβήσῃ) strange water; but abstain thou from strange water, and of a strange spring drink not, that thou mayest live long, and years of life may be added to thee."



But he knoweth not that the dead are there,.... In the house of this foolish and wicked woman, into which she invites passengers to turn; the simple, that is persuaded by her, does not consider that there are none there to be his companions, but such who are dead in a moral or spiritual sense; that, though they live in pleasure, they are dead while they live. Aben Ezra refers this to "hell" in the next clause; where her guests are, and where those that are slain by her have their everlasting abode; and where the giants are, as the Vulgate Latin and Syriac versions; or the mighty ones she has cast down there, as the Targum; so the word "rephaim" sometimes signifies: and some think that reference is had to the giants of the old world, that corrupted their way on earth, and brought a deluge on it; see Proverbs 7:26;

and that her guests are in the depths of hell; not only in the way to it, and on the brink of it, but in the very midst of it: there are many in hell she has invited into her house, and persuaded to turn in there, and commit fornication with her; and all that worship the beast, or commit spiritual adultery with the whore of Rome, will go down to perdition with her, and have their portion in hell fire, in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone; which they do not consider that are drawn into her idolatrous practices, Revelation 14:9. 18. (Compare Pr 2:18, 19; 7:27). 9:13-18 How diligent the tempter is, to seduce unwary souls into sin! Carnal, sensual pleasure, stupifies conscience, and puts out the sparks of conviction. This tempter has no solid reason to offer; and where she gets dominion in a soul, all knowledge of holy things is lost and forgotten. She is very violent and pressing. We need to seek and pray for true wisdom, for Satan has many ways to withdraw our souls from Christ. Not only worldly lusts and abandoned seducers prove fatal to the souls of men; but false teachers, with doctrines that flatter pride and give liberty to lusts, destroy thousands. They especially draw off such as have received only partial serious impressions. The depths of Satan are depths of hell; and sin, without remorse, is ruin, ruin without remedy. Solomon shows the hook; those that believe him, will not meddle with the bait. Behold the wretched, empty, unsatisfying, deceitful, and stolen pleasure sin proposes; and may our souls be so desirous of the everlasting enjoyment of Christ, that on earth we may live to him, daily, by faith, and ere long be with him in glory.
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