The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
– Proverbs 15:19
The word for slothful means sluggish and lazy. The first phrase indicates his personal affairs are a tangled mess. He is averse to hard work and will not receive wisdom (Proverbs 12:27; 19:24; 26:15-16). The immediate point is that laziness makes everything harder and more frustrating for others (Proverbs 10:26; 18:9). The word for righteous in the contrasting phrase means upright or straight. The parallelism indicates there is unrighteousness with laziness. The way of the righteous is clear and straight (Proverbs 3:6; 8:9).