Proverbs 5:5
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English Standard Version
Her feet go down to death; her steps follow the path to Sheol;

King James Bible
Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

American Standard Version
Her feet go down to death; Her steps take hold on Sheol;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Her feet go down into death, and her steps go in as far as hell.

English Revised Version
Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on Sheol;

Webster's Bible Translation
Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The understanding of this rule is dependent on the right interpretation of פּלּס, which means neither "weigh off" (Ewald) nor "measure off" (Hitzig, Zckler). פּלּס has once, Psalm 58:3, the meaning to weigh out, as the denom. of פּלס, a level, a steelyard;

(Note: The Arabic word teflı̂s, said to be of the same signification (a balance), and which is given in the most recent editions of Gesenius' Lexicon, has been already shown under Job 37:16 to be a word devoid of all evidence.)

everywhere else it means to make even, to make level, to open a road: vid., under Isaiah 26:7; Isaiah 40:12. The admonition thus refers not to the careful consideration which measures the way leading to the goal which one wishes to reach, but to the preparation of the way by the removal of that which prevents unhindered progress and makes the way insecure. The same meaning appears if פּלּס, of cognate meaning with תּכּן, denoted first to level, and then to make straight with the level (Fleischer). We must remove all that can become a moral hindrance or a dangerous obstacle, in our life-course, in order that we may make right steps with our feet, as the lxx (Hebrews 12:13) translate. 26b is only another expression for this thought. הכין דּרכּו (2 Chronicles 27:6) means to give a direction to his way; a right way, which keeps in and facilitates the keeping in the straight direction, is accordingly called דּרך נכון; and "let all thy ways be right" (cf. Psalm 119:5, lxx κατευθυνθείησαν) will thus mean: see to it that all the ways which thou goest lead straight to the end.

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Proverbs 7:27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

Cross References
Revelation 6:8
And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

Proverbs 7:27
Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.

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