Proverbs 24:31
New International Version
thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.

New Living Translation
I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down.

English Standard Version
and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.

Berean Study Bible
Thorns had grown up everywhere, thistles had covered the ground, and the stone wall was broken down.

New American Standard Bible
And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles; Its surface was covered with nettles, And its stone wall was broken down.

New King James Version
And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down.

King James Bible
And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

Christian Standard Bible
Thistles had come up everywhere, weeds covered the ground, and the stone wall was ruined.

Contemporary English Version
Thorns and weeds were everywhere, and the stone wall had fallen down.

Good News Translation
They were full of thorn bushes and overgrown with weeds. The stone wall around them had fallen down.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Thistles had come up everywhere, weeds covered the ground, and the stone wall was ruined.

International Standard Version
There it was, overgrown with thistles, the ground covered with thorns, its stone wall collapsed.

NET Bible
I saw that thorns had grown up all over it, the ground was covered with weeds, and its stone wall was broken down.

New Heart English Bible
Look, it was all grown over with thorns. Its surface was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And all of that climbed up, filled with a tangle of thorns, and they covered the face of the gates.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I saw that it was all overgrown with thistles. The ground was covered with weeds, and its stone fence was torn down.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And, lo, it was all grown over with thistles, The face thereof was covered with nettles, And the stone wall thereof was broken down.

New American Standard 1977
And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles, Its surface was covered with nettles, And its stone wall was broken down.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and, behold, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered its face, and its stone wall was broken down.

King James 2000 Bible
And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and weeds had covered its face, and its stone wall was broken down.

American King James Version
And, see, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

American Standard Version
And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, The face thereof was covered with nettles, And the stone wall thereof was broken down.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If thou let him alone, he will altogether remain barren and covered with weeds; and he becomes destitute, and his stone walls are broken down.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And behold it was all filled with nettles, and thorns had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall was broken down.

Darby Bible Translation
and lo, it was all grown over with thistles, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and its stone wall was broken down.

English Revised Version
And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, the face thereof was covered with nettles, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

Webster's Bible Translation
And lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face of it, and its stone wall was broken down.

World English Bible
Behold, it was all grown over with thorns. Its surface was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.

Young's Literal Translation
And lo, it hath gone up -- all of it -- thorns! Covered its face have nettles, And its stone wall hath been broken down.
Study Bible
Further Sayings of the Wise
30I went past the field of a slacker 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. 32I observed and took it to heart; I looked and received instruction:…
Cross References
Genesis 3:18
Both thorns and thistles it will yield you, and you will eat the plants of the field.

Job 30:7
They cried out among the shrubs and huddled beneath the nettles.

Proverbs 24:32
I observed and took it to heart; I looked and received instruction:

Isaiah 5:5
Now I will tell you what I am about to do to My vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it will be consumed; I will tear down its wall, and it will be trampled.

Treasury of Scripture

And, see, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

it

Genesis 3:17-19
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; …

Job 31:40
Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

Jeremiah 4:3
For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.

and the

Proverbs 19:23
The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Proverbs 20:4
The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

Proverbs 22:13
The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.







Lexicon
Thorns
קִמְּשֹׂנִ֗ים (qim·mə·śō·nîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2738: Pointed, a bramble, other thorny weed

had grown up
עָ֘לָ֤ה (‘ā·lāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5927: To ascend, in, actively

everywhere,
כֻלּ֨וֹ ׀ (ḵul·lōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

thistles
חֲרֻלִּ֑ים (ḥă·rul·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7063: A prickly plant

had covered
כָּסּ֣וּ (kās·sū)
Verb - Pual - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3680: To plump, fill up hollows, to cover

the ground,
פָנָ֣יו (p̄ā·nāw)
Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

and the stone
אֲבָנָ֣יו (’ă·ḇā·nāw)
Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 68: A stone

wall
וְגֶ֖דֶר (wə·ḡe·ḏer)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1444: A circumvallation

was broken down.
נֶהֱרָֽסָה׃ (ne·hĕ·rā·sāh)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2040: To pull down, in pieces, break, & destroy
Verse 31. - Thorns. Kimmashon is the word here used, but the plant has not been certainly identified (comp. Isaiah 34:13). Nettles (charul). The stinging nettle is quite common in Palestine, but the plant here meant is probably the prickly acanthus, which quickly covers any spot left uncultivated (Job 30:7). Revised Version margin suggests wild vetches. Ovid, 'Trist.,' 5:12. 21 -

"Adde, quod ingenium louga rubigine laesum
Torpet, et est multo, quam fuitante, minus.
Fertilis, assiduo si non renovetur aratro,
Nil, nisicum spinis gramen, habebit ager."
So spiritual writers have used this apologue as teaching a lesson concerning the soul and the life of man, how that spiritual sloth allows the growth of evil habits, and the carelessness which maintains not the defence of law and prayer, but admits the enemy, and the result is the loss of the true riches and the perishing of the heavenly life. The two verses are thus rendered, or morally applied, in the Septuagint: "A foolish man is as a farm. and a man wanting in sense is as a vineyard; if you leave him, he will be barren, and will be altogether covered with weeds, and he will become deserted, and his fences of stone are broken down." 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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