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Proverbs 2:18

18 Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.

Read Proverbs 2:18 Using Other Translations

For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed;
Entering her house leads to death; it is the road to the grave.

What does Proverbs 2:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 2:18

For her house inclineth unto death
Bends, verges, and points that way; it lies in the way to death, and brings unto it, and sinks into it as into a ditch; or all that are in her house, that are familiar with her, live and dwell with her, and commit wickedness with her; these incline or are liable to lose, and do lose, their name, character, and reputation, which is a death upon them; and bring diseases upon their bodies, which issue in corporeal death; or are in danger of dying by the hand of the injured husband, or the civil magistrate; and also are exposed unto eternal death: or "she inclines to death, which is her house" F24, so Aben Ezra and Kimchi; and to which the Targum agrees,

``for in the pit of death is her house:''
that is, the house she at last comes to and must dwell in, and all that are ensnared by her; see ( Proverbs 5:5 ) ( Revelation 21:8 ) ; and the second death will be the portion of the whore of Rome and all her followers, ( Revelation 14:10 Revelation 14:11 ) ( 17:8 ) ( 19:20 ) ; and her paths unto the dead;
that is, her evil ways in which she walks, and into which she draws others to join with her; these lead both her and them to the "damned" F25 in hell, to keep company with them, and be punished as they are: the word "rephaim", here used, sometimes signifies "giants", and so the Targum renders it here; and may refer to the giants of the old world, who were cut off for their debauchery and uncleanness, ( Genesis 6:4 Genesis 6:11 Genesis 6:12 ) ; and with whom such persons shall be for ever.

F24 (hytb twm la) "ad mortem quoad domum suam", Cocceius; "ad mortem domum suam", Gejerus; "quod ad domum suam", Michaelis.
F25 (Myapr la) "ad damnatos", Tigurine version; "ad orcinos", Schultens.
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