Proverbs 15:15
New International Version
All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

New Living Translation
For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

English Standard Version
All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.

Berean Study Bible
All the days of the oppressed are bad, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

New American Standard Bible
All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

New King James Version
All the days of the afflicted are evil, But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.

King James Bible
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

Christian Standard Bible
All the days of the oppressed are miserable, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Contemporary English Version
The poor have a hard life, but being content is as good as an endless feast.

Good News Translation
The life of the poor is a constant struggle, but happy people always enjoy life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All the days of the oppressed are miserable, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

International Standard Version
The entire life of the afflicted seems disastrous, but a good heart feasts continuously.

NET Bible
All the days of the afflicted are bad, but one with a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

New Heart English Bible
All the days of the afflicted are wretched, but one who has a cheerful heart enjoys a continual feast.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
All the days of the poor are poor, and the sweet are always calm.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Every day is a terrible day for a miserable person, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

JPS Tanakh 1917
All the days of the poor are evil; But he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

New American Standard 1977
All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Jubilee Bible 2000
All the days of the poor are difficult, but he that is of a good heart has a continual feast.

King James 2000 Bible
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.

American King James Version
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.

American Standard Version
All the days of the afflicted are evil; But he that is of a cheerful heart hath a continual feast.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The eyes of the wicked are always looking for evil things; but the good are always quiet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
All the days of the poor are evil: a secure mind is like a continual feast.

Darby Bible Translation
All the days of the afflicted are evil; but a cheerful heart is a continual feast.

English Revised Version
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a cheerful heart hath a continual feast.

Webster's Bible Translation
All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

World English Bible
All the days of the afflicted are wretched, but one who has a cheerful heart enjoys a continual feast.

Young's Literal Translation
All the days of the afflicted are evil, And gladness of heart is a perpetual banquet.
Study Bible
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
14A discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. 15All the days of the oppressed are bad, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast. 16Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure with turmoil.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:14
A discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

Proverbs 15:16
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure with turmoil.

Treasury of Scripture

All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.

all

Genesis 37:35
And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.

Genesis 47:9
And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.

Psalm 90:7-9
For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled…

but

Proverbs 16:22
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

Proverbs 17:22
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Acts 16:25
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.







Lexicon
All
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the days
יְמֵ֣י (yə·mê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

of the oppressed
עָנִ֣י (‘ā·nî)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6041: Poor, afflicted, humble

are bad,
רָעִ֑ים (rā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

but a cheerful
וְטֽוֹב־ (wə·ṭō·wḇ-)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

heart
לֵ֝֗ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

has a continual
תָמִֽיד׃ (ṯā·mîḏ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8548: Continuance, constant, ellipt, the regular, sacrifice

feast.
מִשְׁתֶּ֥ה (miš·teh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4960: Drink, drinking, a banquet, feast
(15) All the days of the afflicted are evil.--Another caution against over-anxiety. The "afflicted" here evidently means, not one who has to bear great misfortunes, but one who makes the worst of everything, to whom the "clouds return after the rain" (Ecclesiastes 12:2); while one who is "of a merry heart" does just the contrary.

Verse 15. - All the days of the afflicted are evil. "The days of the poor are evil," says the Talmud ('Dukes,' 73); but in our verse the contrasted clause restricts the sense of "the afflicted" to mental, not material, evil. The Vulgate pauperis gives a wrong impression. The persons intended are such as take a gloomy view of things, who are always in low spirits, and cannot rise superior to present circumstances. These never have a happy moment; they are always taking anxious thought (Matthew 6:25), and forecasting evil. The LXX., reading עיני for עני, translates, "At all times the eyes of the evil expect evil." But he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. The cheerful man's condition is a banquet unceasingly, a fixed state of joy and contentment. Septuagint, "But the righteous are at peace always;" Vulgate, "A secure mind is like a perpetual feast." "For," says St. Gregory ('Moral,' 12:44), "the mere repose of security is like the continuance of refreshment. Whereas, on the other hand, the evil mind is always set in pains and labours, since it is either contriving mischiefs that it may bring down, or fearing lest these be brought down upon it by others." Our own proverb says, "A contented mind is a continual feast." 15:14. A wise man seeks to gain more wisdom, growing in grace and in the knowledge of Christ. But a carnal mind rests contented, flattering itself. 15. Some are much in affliction, and of a sorrowful spirit. Such are to be pitied, prayed for, and comforted. And others serve God with gladness of heart, and it prompts their obedience, yet they should rejoice with trembling.
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