Proverbs 22:5
New International Version
In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.

New Living Translation
Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it.

English Standard Version
Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far from them.

Berean Study Bible
Thorns and snares lie on the path of the perverse; he who guards his soul stays far from them.

New American Standard Bible
Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards himself will be far from them.

King James Bible
Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

Christian Standard Bible
There are thorns and snares on the way of the crooked; the one who guards himself stays far from them.

Contemporary English Version
Crooks walk down a road full of thorny traps. Stay away from there!

Good News Translation
If you love your life, stay away from the traps that catch the wicked along the way.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There are thorns and snares on the path of the crooked; the one who guards himself stays far from them.

International Standard Version
Thorns and snares lie in the path of the perverse person, but whoever is cautious stays far away from them.

NET Bible
Thorns and snares are in the path of the perverse, but the one who guards himself keeps far from them.

New Heart English Bible
Thorns and snares are in the path of the wicked: whoever guards his soul stays from them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Nets and snares are in the perverse way, and he that keeps his soul will be far from them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A devious person has thorns and traps ahead of him. Whoever guards himself will stay far away from them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward; He that keepeth his soul holdeth himself far from them.

New American Standard 1977
Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards himself will be far from them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; he that keeps his soul shall be far from them.

King James 2000 Bible
Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse: he that does keep his soul shall be far from them.

American King James Version
Thorns and snares are in the way of the fraudulent: he that does keep his soul shall be far from them.

American Standard Version
Thorns and'snares are in the way of the perverse: He that keepeth his soul shall be far from them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thistles and snares are in perverse ways; but he that keeps his soul will refrain from them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Arms and swords are in the way of the perverse: but he that keepeth his own soul departeth far from them.

Darby Bible Translation
Thorns [and] snares are in the way of the perverse: he that keepeth his soul holdeth himself far from them.

English Revised Version
Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that keepeth his soul shall be far from them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

World English Bible
Thorns and snares are in the path of the wicked: whoever guards his soul stays from them.

Young's Literal Translation
Thorns -- snares are in the way of the perverse, Whoso is keeping his soul is far from them.
Study Bible
A Good Name
4The rewards of humility and the fear of the LORD are wealth and honor and life. 5Thorns and snares lie on the path of the perverse; he who guards his soul stays far from them. 6Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:19
The way of the sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.

Proverbs 22:4
The rewards of humility and the fear of the LORD are wealth and honor and life.

Proverbs 29:6
An evil man is caught by his own sin, but a righteous one sings and rejoices.

Treasury of Scripture

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

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Proverbs 13:15
Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

Proverbs 15:19
The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

Joshua 23:13
Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.

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Proverbs 13:3
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Proverbs 16:17
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Proverbs 19:16
He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.







Lexicon
Thorns
צִנִּ֣ים (ṣin·nîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6791: A thorn, a cactus-hedge

and snares
פַּ֭חִים (pa·ḥîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6341: A, sheet, a spring net

[lie] on the path
בְּדֶ֣רֶךְ (bə·ḏe·reḵ)
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

of the perverse;
עִקֵּ֑שׁ (‘iq·qêš)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6141: Twisted, perverted

he who guards
שׁוֹמֵ֥ר (šō·w·mêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

his soul
נַ֝פְשׁ֗וֹ (nap̄·šōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

stays far
יִרְחַ֥ק (yir·ḥaq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7368: To be or become far or distant

from them.
מֵהֶֽם׃ (mê·hem)
Preposition-m | Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1992: They
(5) Thorns.--Comp. note on Proverbs 15:19.

Verse 5 - Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward. The words are in the Hebrew without the conjunction (see note, ver. 4), though the versions generally add it. Thus the Septuagint, τρίβολοι καὶ παγίδες; Vulgate, arma et gladiii but the Venetian, ἄκανθαι παγίδες. It is a question whether the thorns are what the perverse prepare for others, or what they themselves suffer. In Proverbs 15:19 the hedge of thorns represented the difficulties in the sluggard's path; but here, viewed in connection with the following hemistich, the thorns and snares refer to the hindrances proceeding from the froward, which injuriously affect others; "thorns" being a figure of the pains and troubles, "snares" of the unexpected dangers and impediments which evil men cause as they go on their crooked way. The word for "thorns" is צנִּים, which occurs in Job 5:5. The plant is supposed to be the Rhamnus paliurus, but it has not been accurately identified. He that doth keep his soul shall be far from them (comp. Proverbs 13:3; Proverbs 16:17). The man who has regard to his life and morals will go far, will keep wholly aloof, from those perils and traps into which the perverse try to entice them. 22:1 We should be more careful to do that by which we may get and keep a good name, than to raise or add unto a great estate. 2. Divine Providence has so ordered it, that some are rich, and others poor, but all are guilty before God; and at the throne of God's grace the poor are as welcome as the rich. 3. Faith foresees the evil coming upon sinners, and looks to Jesus Christ as the sure refuge from the storm. 4. Where the fear of God is, there will be humility. And much is to be enjoyed by it; spiritual riches, and eternal life at last. 5. The way of sin is vexatious and dangerous. But the way of duty is safe and easy. 6. Train children, not in the way they would go, that of their corrupt hearts, but in the way they should go; in which, if you love them, you would have them go. As soon as possible every child should be led to the knowledge of the Saviour. 7. This shows how important it is for every man to keep out of debt. As to the things of this life, there is a difference between the rich and the poor; but let the poor remember, it is the Lord that made the difference. 8. The power which many abuse, will soon fail them. 9. He that seeks to relieve the wants and miseries of others shall be blessed. 10. Profane scoffers and revilers disturb the peace. 11. God will be the Friend of a man in whose spirit there is no guile; this honour have all the saints. 12. God turns the counsels and designs of treacherous men to their own confusion. 13. The slothful man talks of a lion without, but considers not his real danger from the devil, that roaring lion within, and from his own slothfulness, which kills him. 14. The vile sin of licentiousness commonly besots the mind beyond recovery. 15. Sin is foolishness, it is in the heart, there is an inward inclination to sin: children bring it into the world with them; and it cleaves close to the soul. We all need to be corrected by our heavenly Father. 16. We are but stewards, and must distribute what God intrusts to our care, according to his will.
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