Proverbs 15:24
New International Version
The path of life leads upward for the prudent to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead.

New Living Translation
The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave behind.

English Standard Version
The path of life leads upward for the prudent, that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.

Berean Study Bible
The path of life leads upward for the wise, that he may avoid going down to Sheol.

King James Bible
The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

New King James Version
The way of life winds upward for the wise, That he may turn away from hell below.

New American Standard Bible
The path of life leads upward for the wise, So that he may keep away from Sheol below.

NASB 1995
The path of life leads upward for the wise That he may keep away from Sheol below.

NASB 1977
The path of life leads upward for the wise, That he may keep away from Sheol below.

Amplified Bible
The [chosen] path of life leads upward for the wise, That he may keep away from Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) below.

Christian Standard Bible
For the prudent the path of life leads upward, so that he may avoid going down to Sheol.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the discerning the path of life leads upward, so that he may avoid going down to Sheol.

American Standard Version
To the wise the way of life goeth upward, That he may depart from Sheol beneath.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Way of Life is an ascent to the understanding one, to turn away from Sheol beneath.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The thoughts of the wise are ways of life, that he may turn aside and escape from hell.

Contemporary English Version
All who are wise follow a road that leads upward to life and away from death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The path of life is above for the wise, that he may decline from the lowest hell.

English Revised Version
To the wise the way of life goeth upward, that he may depart from Sheol beneath.

Good News Translation
Wise people walk the road that leads upward to life, not the road that leads downward to death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The path of life for a wise person leads upward in order to turn him away from hell below.

International Standard Version
The way of life leads upward for the wise so he may avoid Sheol below.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The path of life goeth upward for the wise, that he may depart from the nether-world beneath.

Literal Standard Version
A path of life [is] on high for the wise, "" To turn aside from Sheol beneath.

NET Bible
The path of life is upward for the wise person, to keep him from going downward to Sheol.

New Heart English Bible
The path of life leads upward for the wise, to keep him from going downward to Sheol.

World English Bible
The path of life leads upward for the wise, to keep him from going downward to Sheol.

Young's Literal Translation
A path of life is on high for the wise, To turn aside from Sheol beneath.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
23A man takes joy in a fitting reply—and how good is a timely word! 24The path of life leads upward for the wise, that he may avoid going down to Sheol. 25The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but He protects the boundaries of the widow.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:22
For a fire has been kindled by My anger, and it burns to the depths of Sheol; it consumes the earth and its produce, and scorches the foundations of the mountains.

Proverbs 4:18
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday.


Treasury of Scripture

The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

way

Proverbs 6:23
For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

Psalm 16:11
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 139:24
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

above

Philippians 3:20
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Colossians 3:1,2
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God…

that

Proverbs 2:18
For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

Proverbs 5:5
Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

Proverbs 7:27
Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.









(24) The way of life is above to the wise.--These words sound like a faint echo of such passages as Philippians 3:20; Colossians 3:1-2, though the writer's meaning may only have been that the wise man who fears the Lord (Proverbs 1:7) is rewarded with long life on earth (Proverbs 3:16), and escapes death and hell (Proverbs 2:18-19). Comp. Isaiah 38:18-19.

Verse 24. - The way of life is above to the wise; Revised Version, to the wise the way of life goeth upward. The writer means primarily that the wise and good lead such a life as to preserve them from death (Proverbs 14:32). The path may be steep and painful, but at any rate it has this compensation - it leads away from destruction. It is obvious to read into the passage higher teaching. The good man's path leads heavenward, to a high life here, to happiness hereafter; his conversation is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), his affections are set on things above (Colossians 3:2). Such an upward life tends to material and spiritual health, as it is added, that he may depart from hell (SheoI) beneath. Primarily, a long and happy life is promised to the man who fears the Lord, as in Proverbs 3:16; secondarily, such a one avoids that downward course which ends in the darkness of hell. Vulgate, "The path of life is above the instructed man, to make him avoid the nethermost (novissimo) hell;" Septuagint, "The thoughts of the prudent man are the ways of life, that turning from Hades he may be safe."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The path
אֹ֣רַח (’ō·raḥ)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 734: A well-trodden road, a caravan

of life
חַ֭יִּים (ḥay·yîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

[leads] upward
לְמַ֣עְלָה (lə·ma‘·lāh)
Preposition-l | Adverb | third person feminine singular
Strong's 4605: The upper part, with prefix upward, above, overhead, from the top

for the wise,
לְמַשְׂכִּ֑יל (lə·maś·kîl)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7919: To be, circumspect, intelligent

that
לְמַ֥עַן (lə·ma·‘an)
Conjunction
Strong's 4616: Purpose -- intent

he may avoid
ס֝֗וּר (sūr)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 5493: To turn aside

going down
מָֽטָּה׃ (māṭ·ṭāh)
Adverb
Strong's 4295: Downward, below, beneath

to Sheol.
מִשְּׁא֥וֹל (miš·šə·’ō·wl)
Preposition-m | Noun - common singular
Strong's 7585: Underworld (place to which people descend at death)


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