Proverbs 11:22; Proverbs 12:4; Proverbs 14:1; Proverbs 18:22; Proverbs 19:13–14; Proverbs 21:9; Proverbs 21:19; Proverbs 27:15–16; Proverbs 31:10–31
22 Like ha gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman without discretion.
4 dAn excellent wife is ethe crown of her husband,
14 eThe wisest of women fbuilds her house,
but folly with her own hands gtears it down.
22 He who finds ua wife finds va good thing
13 tA foolish son is ruin to his father,
and ua wife’s quarreling is va continual dripping of rain.
14 wHouse and wealth are inherited from fathers,
but a prudent wife is xfrom the Lord.
9 It is nbetter to live in a corner of the housetop
than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
19 It is wbetter to live in a desert land
than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.
15 qA continual dripping on a rainy day
and a quarrelsome wife are alike;
16 to restrain her is to restrain the wind
or to grasp1 oil in one’s right hand.
The Woman Who Fears the Lord
10 1 uAn excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than vjewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She wseeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She xrises while it is yet night
and yprovides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She zdresses herself2 with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She aopens her hand to bthe poor
and reaches out her hands to bthe needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in cscarlet.3
22 She makes dbed coverings for herself;
her clothing is efine linen and fpurple.
23 Her husband is known in gthe gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes hlinen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 iStrength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many jwomen have done kexcellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 lCharm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.