Proverbs 26:13

13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!”

Proverbs 26:13 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
English Standard Version (ESV)
13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!"
New Living Translation (NLT)
13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!”
The Message Bible (MSG)
13 Loafers say, "It's dangerous out there! Tigers are prowling the streets!" and then pull the covers back over their heads.
American Standard Version (ASV)
13 The sluggard saith, There is a lion in the way; A lion is in the streets.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
13 A lazy person says, "There's a ferocious lion out on the road! There's a lion loose in the streets!"
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
13 The slacker says, "There's a lion in the road- a lion in the public square!"
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
13 A person who doesn't want to work says, "There's a lion in the road! There's an angry lion wandering in the streets!"

Proverbs 26:13 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 26:13

The slothful [man] saith
Within himself; or to such that excite him to diligence and industry, to go about the business of his calling, to till his field, and dress his vineyard. The Septuagint and Arabic versions add, "being sent into the way"; ordered by his master to go out to work, when he makes the following excuse: [there is] a lion in the way; a lion [is] in the streets;
in the way to his field or vineyard, and in the streets, where his business lies or leads unto it: a very idle excuse this; since lions are usually in woods, forests, and desert places, and not in public roads, and much less in streets of cities; see ( Proverbs 22:13 ) . This may be applied to a man slothful in the duties of religion; the "way" and "streets" may denote public ordinances, which are the ways of God's appointing, prescribing, and directing to; and in which good men walk, and find pleasure and profit; and are the streets where Wisdom cries, or Christ is preached, and where he is sought for and found: but many are the excuses some men make not to attend them; see ( Luke 14:17-20 ) ; though they are vain, frivolous, and foolish, as this here; for in these ways and streets may true seen the feet of the messengers of peace; here the turtle's voice, the joyful sound of salvation by Christ, may be heard; here the Lamb of God is directed to, to be looked at, as taking away the sins of men, having been slain, and having shed his blood for the redemption of them: and though the terrible voice of the law may be sometimes heard, which is necessary to arouse and awaken sleepy sinners, and unhinge self-righteous persons from a dependence on the works of the law; yet, afterwards comes the still small voice of the Gospel, proclaiming freedom from the curse and condemnation of the law by Christ. Indeed, in some ages, there have been violent persecutors, comparable to lions; and informers have been in the way and in the streets, to terrify saints from their duty; but none of these could move them from it, nor separate fully gracious souls from their love to Christ: though carnal slothful professors are offended, when tribulation or persecution arise because of the word, these are lions to them; and, in times of peace and liberty, they can paint lions, very terrible to themselves, and raise such difficulties as are insuperable to them; a slight disorder of body, a small inclemency of the weather, little danger of catching cold, and the like, shall be a lion to them: not considering they have a devouring lion nearer them in their houses, chambers, and on their beds with them; even Satan, in whose clutches they are, who keeps their goods in peace, by whom they are led captive, and to whom they fall a prey: nor fearing the wrath of the King of kings, which is as the roaring of a lion: the wrath of God and of the Lamb, who is also the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and whose day of wrath will be such as none will be able to bear.

Proverbs 26:13 In-Context

11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.
12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.
13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
15 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Proverbs 6:6-11; Proverbs 24:30-34
  • 2. Proverbs 22:13
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