Proverbs 11:16
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New International Version
A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.

New Living Translation
A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth.

English Standard Version
A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches.

New American Standard Bible
A gracious woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches.

King James Bible
A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A gracious woman gains honor, but violent men gain only riches.

International Standard Version
A gracious woman attains honor, but ruthless men attain wealth.

NET Bible
A generous woman gains honor, and ruthless men seize wealth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A loving woman upholds honor for the husband, but the woman who hates the truth is a throne of disgrace. Lazy men, even in their wealth, are needy, and strong men uphold knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A gracious woman wins respect, but ruthless men gain riches.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The gracious woman retains honour, and strong men retain riches.

King James 2000 Bible
A gracious woman retains honor: and strong men retain riches.

American King James Version
A gracious woman retains honor: and strong men retain riches.

American Standard Version
A gracious woman obtaineth honor; And violent men obtain riches.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A gracious woman shall find glory: and the strong shall have riches.

Darby Bible Translation
A gracious woman retaineth honour; and the violent retain riches.

English Revised Version
A gracious woman retaineth honour: and violent men retain riches.

Webster's Bible Translation
A gracious woman retaineth honor: and strong men retain riches.

World English Bible
A gracious woman obtains honor, but violent men obtain riches.

Young's Literal Translation
A gracious woman retaineth honour, And terrible men retain riches.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:1 However men may make light of giving short weight or measure, and however common such crimes may be, they are an abomination to the Lord. 2. Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy the humble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. 3. An honest man's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. 4. Riches will stand men in no stead in the day of death. 5,6. The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its own punishment. 7. When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish; but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. 8. The righteous are often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations, and the ungodly go in their stead. 9. Hypocrites delude men into error and sin by artful objections against the truths of God's word. 10,11. Nations prosper when wicked men are cast down. 12. A man of understanding does not judge of others by their success. 13. A faithful man will not disclose what he is trusted with, unless the honour of God and the real good of society require it. 14. We shall often find it to our advantage to advise with others. 15. The welfare of our families, our own peace, and our ability to pay just debts, must not be brought into danger. But here especially let us consider the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in becoming Surety even for enemies. 16. A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. 17. A cruel, froward, ill-natured man, is vexatious to those that are, and should be to him as his own flesh, and punishes himself. 18. He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward, as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. 19. True holiness is true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits, the more he hastens his own destruction. 20. Nothing is more hateful to God, than hypocrisy and double dealing, which are here signified. God delights in such as aim and act with uprightness. 21. Joining together in sin shall not protect the sinners. 22. Beauty is abused by those who have not discretion or modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. 23. The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return upon themselves. 24. A man may grow poor by not paying just debts, not relieving the poor, not allowing needful expenses. Let men be ever so saving of what they have, if God appoints, it comes to nothing. 25. Both in temporal and spiritual things, God commonly deals with his people according to the measure by which they deal with their brethren. 26. We must not hoard up the gifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. 27. Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for those that are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - A gracious woman; a woman full of grace. Septuagint, εὐχάριστος "agreeable," "charming." The author is thinking of personal attractions, which, he says, win favour; but we may apply his expression to moral exeellences also, which obtain higher recognition. Retaineth... retain; better, obtain...win, as in Proverbs 29:23. The two clauses are parallel in form, not in sense, and imply that beauty is more effective than strength, and honour is better than wealth. The Septuagint takes a narrow view: "A graceful woman bringeth glory to her husband." The last clause is rendered, "The manly (ἀνδρεῖοι) are supported by wealth." Between the two clauses the LXX. and the Syriac introduce the following paragraphs: "But a seat of dishonour is a woman that hateth righteousness. The indolent come to want wealth, but the manly," etc.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A gracious woman retaineth honour,.... Or "a woman of grace" (s) one that has the grace of God in her heart, and is of a virtuous conversation, and by both amiable and lovely to others; as she receives honour or glory from them, which she deserves, so she retains the same. The Targum is,

"a gracious woman divides glory;''

that is, between herself and her husband; to which the Arabic version agrees, which renders it,

"a gracious woman raises up glory to her husband.''

Jarchi interprets it of the congregation of Israel; his note is,

"the congregation of Israel continually draws nigh to the glory of God and his law;''

and it may be applied to the true church of Christ, which seeks the glory of Christ, and retains the glory of Gospel doctrines, of Gospel ordinances, of Gospel discipline, and of Gospel conversation, when the harlot, the apostate church, has lost all honour of these things;

and strong men retain riches: some render it, "as strong men retain riches" (t); as they, when they have got them into their possession, keep them, it being in the power of their hands so to do, against all that would take them from them; so a gracious woman is as tenacious of her honour for chastity, modesty, wisdom, and conduct: or by those "strong men", or "terrible and violent" ones, as the word (u) signifies, may be meant the beast of Rome and his followers, cruel persecutors; whose principal care it is to amass the riches and wealth of others, which, when they have got, they hold fast.

(s) "mulier gratiae", Montanus, Baynus, Gejerus, Michaelis; "quae gratia praedita est", Tigurine version; "uxor gratia pollens", Schultens. (t) "ut", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schultens. (u) "violenti", Piscator, Schultens; "formidabiles", Gejerus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. retaineth—or literally, "lay hold of as a support." Honor is to a feeble woman thus as valuable as riches to men.

Proverbs 11:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
A False Balance is an Abomination
15He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it, But he who hates being a guarantor is secure. 16A gracious woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches. 17The merciful man does himself good, But the cruel man does himself harm.…
Cross References
Proverbs 31:28
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
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