Proverbs 24:30
New International Version
I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;

New Living Translation
I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense.

English Standard Version
I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,

Berean Study Bible
I went past the field of a sluggard and by the vineyard of a man lacking judgment.

New American Standard Bible
I passed by the field of the sluggard And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense,

King James Bible
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

Christian Standard Bible
I went by the field of a slacker and by the vineyard of one lacking sense.

Contemporary English Version
I once walked by the field and the vineyard of a lazy fool.

Good News Translation
I walked through the fields and vineyards of a lazy, stupid person.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I went by the field of a slacker and by the vineyard of a man lacking sense.

International Standard Version
I went by the field belonging to a lazy man, by a vineyard belonging to a senseless person.

NET Bible
I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of one who lacks wisdom.

New Heart English Bible
I went by the field of the sluggard, by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I passed by the field of a lazy man and by the vineyard of a son of man lacking heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I passed by a lazy person's field, the vineyard belonging to a person without sense.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I went by the field of the slothful, And by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

New American Standard 1977
I passed by the field of the sluggard, And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense;

Jubilee Bible 2000
I went by the field of the slothful and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding,

King James 2000 Bible
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

American King James Version
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

American Standard Version
I went by the field of the sluggard, And by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A foolish man is like a farm, and a senseless man is like a vineyard.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I passed by the field of the slothful man, and by the vineyard of the foolish man:

Darby Bible Translation
I went by the field of a sluggard, and by the vineyard of a man void of understanding;

English Revised Version
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

Webster's Bible Translation
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

World English Bible
I went by the field of the sluggard, by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

Young's Literal Translation
Near the field of a slothful man I passed by, And near the vineyard of a man lacking heart.
Study Bible
Further Sayings of the Wise
29Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will repay the man according to his work.” 30I went past the field of a sluggard and by the vineyard of a man lacking judgment. 31Thorns had grown up everywhere, thistles had covered the ground, and the stone wall was broken down.…
Cross References
Proverbs 6:32
But he who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.

Ecclesiastes 10:18
Through laziness the roof caves in, and in the hands of the idle, the house leaks.

Treasury of Scripture

I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

went

Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Job 4:8
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

Job 5:27
Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.

void

Proverbs 10:13
In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

Proverbs 12:11
He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.







Lexicon
I went
עָבַ֑רְתִּי (‘ā·ḇar·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5674: To pass over, through, or by, pass on

past
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the field
שְׂדֵ֣ה (śə·ḏêh)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7704: Field, land

of a sluggard
אִישׁ־ (’îš-)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

and by
וְעַל־ (wə·‘al-)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the vineyard
כֶּ֝֗רֶם (ke·rem)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3754: A garden, vineyard

of a man
אָדָ֥ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

lacking
חֲסַר־ (ḥă·sar-)
Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2638: Needy, lacking, in want of

judgment.
לֵֽב׃ (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre
(30) I went by the field of the slothful . . .--The parable of the vineyard let out to husbandmen for them to render the fruits in due season (Matthew 21:33), and of the thorns which choked the word (ibid., Proverbs 13:7), suggest a spiritual meaning for this passage. It warns us not to allow the weeds of evil habits to spring up in the garden of the soul through sloth, nor to suffer God's protecting care (the wall) to be withdrawn from us because we have not sought it constantly in prayer.

Verses 30-34. - A mashal ode concerning the sluggard (for similar odes, comp. Proverbs 7:41-23; Job 5:3-5; Psalm 37:35, etc.; Isaiah 5:1-6). Verse 30. - The field...the vineyard; the two chief objects of the farmer's care, which need constant labour if they are to prove productive. Moralizing on this passage, St. Gregory ('Moral.,' 20:54) says, "To pass by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding, is to look into the life of any careless liver, and to take a view of his deeds." 24:30-34. See what a blessing the husbandman's calling is, and what a wilderness this earth would be without it. See what great difference there is in the management even of worldly affairs. Sloth and self-indulgence are the bane of all good. When we see fields overgrown with thorns and thistles, and the fences broken down, we see an emblem of the far more deplorable state of many souls. Every vile affection grows in men's hearts; yet they compose themselves to sleep. Let us show wisdom by doubling our diligence in every good thing.
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