Proverbs 15:19
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English Standard Version
The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.

King James Bible
The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

American Standard Version
The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns; But the path of the upright is made a highway.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The way of the slothful is as a hedge of thorns; the way of the just is without offence.

English Revised Version
The way of the sluggard is as an hedge of thorns: but the path of the upright is made an highway.

Webster's Bible Translation
The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

Proverbs 15:19 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

13 A joyful heart maketh the countenance cheerful;

     But in sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

The expression of the countenance, as well as the spiritual habitus of a man, is conditioned by the state of the heart. A joyful heart maketh the countenance טוב, which means friendly, but here happy-looking equals cheerful (for טוב ro is the most general designation of that which makes an impression which is pleasant to the senses or to the mind); on the contrary, with sorrow of heart (עצּבת, constr. of עצּבת, Proverbs 10:10, as חטאת equals חטּאת, from חטּאה) there is connected a stricken, broken, downcast heart; the spiritual functions of the man are paralyzed; self-confidence, without which energetic action is impossible, is shattered; he appears discouraged, whereby רוּח is thought of as the power of self-consciousness and of self-determination, but לב, as our "Gemt" [animus], as the oneness of thinking and willing, and thus as the seat of determination, which decides the intellectual-corporeal life-expression of the man, or without being able to be wholly restrained, communicates itself to them. The ב of וּבעצּבת is, as Proverbs 15:16., Proverbs 16:8; Proverbs 17:1, meant in the force of being together or along with, so that רוּח נכאה do not need to be taken separate from each other as subject and predicate: the sense of the noun-clause is in the ב, as e.g., also Proverbs 7:23 (it is about his life, i.e., it concerns his life). Elsewhere the crushed spirit, like the broken heart, is equivalent to the heart despairing in itself and prepared for grace. The heart with a more clouded mien may be well, for sorrow has in it a healing power (Ecclesiastes 7:3). But here the matter is the general psychological truth, that the corporeal and spiritual life of man has its regulator in the heart, and that the condition of the heart leaves its stamp on the appearance and on the activity of the man. The translation of the רוח נכאה by "oppressed breath" (Umbreit, Hitzig) is impossible; the breath cannot be spoken of as broken.

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ways of the slothful

Proverbs 22:5,13 Thorns and snares are in the way of the fraudulent: he that does keep his soul shall be far from them...

Proverbs 26:13 The slothful man said, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

Numbers 14:1-3,7-9 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night...

the way of the righteous

Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 8:9 They are all plain to him that understands, and right to them that find knowledge.

Psalm 5:8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before my face.

Psalm 25:8,9,12 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way...

Psalm 27:11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of my enemies.

Isaiah 30:21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand...

Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it...

made plain

Isaiah 57:14 And shall say, Cast you up, cast you up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of my people.

Cross References
Proverbs 15:18
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

Proverbs 15:20
A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Proverbs 22:5
Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far from them.

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