Proverbs 26:13
New International Version
A sluggard says, "There's a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!"

New Living Translation
The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!”

English Standard Version
The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!”

Berean Study Bible
The slacker says, “A lion is in the road! A fierce lion roams the public square!”

King James Bible
The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

New King James Version
The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!”

New American Standard Bible
A lazy one says, “There is a lion on the road! A lion is in the public square!”

NASB 1995
The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! A lion is in the open square!"

NASB 1977
The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! A lion is in the open square!”

Amplified Bible
The lazy person [who is self-indulgent and relies on lame excuses] says, “There is a lion in the road! A lion is in the open square [and if I go outside to work I will be killed]!”

Christian Standard Bible
The slacker says, “There’s a lion in the road — a lion in the public square! ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The slacker says, "There's a lion in the road-- a lion in the public square!"

American Standard Version
The sluggard saith, There is a lion in the way; A lion is in the streets.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A sluggard when sent on a journey says, There is a lion in the ways, and there are murderers in the streets.

Contemporary English Version
Don't be lazy and keep saying, "There's a lion outside!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
The slothful man saith: There is a lion in the way, and a lioness in the roads.

English Revised Version
The sluggard saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

Good News Translation
Why don't lazy people ever get out of the house? What are they afraid of Lions?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A lazy person says, "There's a ferocious lion out on the road! There's a lion loose in the streets!"

International Standard Version
The lazy person claims, "There is a lion in the road! There's a lion in the streets!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
The sluggard saith: 'There is a lion in the way; Yea, a lion is in the streets.'

Literal Standard Version
The slothful has said, "" “A lion [is] in the way, "" A lion [is] in the broad places.”

NET Bible
The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! A lion in the streets!"

New Heart English Bible
The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road. A fierce lion roams the streets."

World English Bible
The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion roams the streets!"

Young's Literal Translation
The slothful hath said, 'A lion is in the way, A lion is in the broad places.'

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
Similitudes and Instructions
12Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. 13The slacker says, “A lion is in the road! A fierce lion roams the public square!” 14As a door turns on its hinges, so the slacker turns on his bed.…

Cross References
Proverbs 6:6
Walk in the manner of the ant, O slacker; observe its ways and become wise.

Proverbs 22:13
The slacker says, "There is a lion outside! I will be slain in the streets!"


Treasury of Scripture

The slothful man said, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

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

Proverbs 19:15
Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

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









(13) The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way . . .--See above on Proverbs 22:13.

Verses 13-16. - Proverbs concerning the sluggard. Verse 13. - This is virtually the same as Proverbs 22:13. The words for "lion" are different in two parts of the verse, shakhal being the lion of advanced age, ari the full-grown animal; the latter may possibly be assumed to be the more dangerous of the two, and so a climax would be denoted. There is a proverb current in Bechuana, which says, "The month of seed time is the season of headaches."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
The slacker
עָ֭צֵל (‘ā·ṣêl)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6102: Sluggish, lazy

says,
אָמַ֣ר (’ā·mar)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“A lion
שַׁ֣חַל (ša·ḥal)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7826: A lion

[is] in the road!
בַּדָּ֑רֶךְ (bad·dā·reḵ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

A fierce lion
אֲ֝רִ֗י (’ă·rî)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 738: A lion

[roams]
בֵּ֣ין (bên)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 996: An interval, space between

the public square!”
הָרְחֹבֽוֹת׃ (hā·rə·ḥō·ḇō·wṯ)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7339: A broad open place, plaza


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