Proverbs 14:1
Parallel Verses
New International Version
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

New Living Translation
A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

English Standard Version
The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.

New American Standard Bible
The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

King James Bible
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

International Standard Version
Every wise woman builds up her household, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

NET Bible
Every wise woman builds her household, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

New Heart English Bible
Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A wise woman builds a house and the foolish woman destroys it with her hands.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The wisest of women builds up her home, but a stupid one tears it down with her own hands.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Every wise woman buildeth her house; But the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

New American Standard 1977
The wise woman builds her house,
            But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.

King James 2000 Bible
Every wise woman builds her house: but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.

American King James Version
Every wise woman builds her house: but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.

American Standard Version
Every wise woman buildeth her house; But the foolish plucketh it down with her own hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish will pull down with her hands that also which is built.

Darby Bible Translation
The wisdom of women buildeth their house; but folly plucketh it down with her hands.

English Revised Version
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her own hands.

Webster's Bible Translation
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

World English Bible
Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

Young's Literal Translation
Every wise woman hath builded her house, And the foolish with her hands breaketh it down.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
14:1 A woman who has no fear of God, who is wilful and wasteful, and indulges her ease, will as certainly ruin her family, as if she plucked her house down. 2. Here are grace and sin in their true colours. Those that despise God's precepts and promises, despise God and all his power and mercy. 3. Pride grows from that root of bitterness which is in the heart. The root must be plucked up, or we cannot conquer this branch. The prudent words of wise men get them out of difficulties. 4. There can be no advantage without something which, though of little moment, will affright the indolent. 5. A conscientious witness will not dare to represent anything otherwise than according to his knowledge. 6. A scorner treats Divine things with contempt. He that feels his ignorance and unworthiness will search the Scriptures in a humble spirit. 7. We discover a wicked man if there is no savour of piety in his discourse. 8. We are travellers, whose concern is, not to spy out wonders, but to get to their journey's end; to understand the rules we are to walk by, also the ends we are to walk toward. The bad man cheats himself, and goes on in his mistake. 9. Foolish and profane men consider sin a mere trifle, to be made light of rather than mourned over. Fools mock at the sin-offering; but those that make light of sin, make light of Christ. 10. We do not know what stings of conscience, or consuming passions, torment the prosperous sinner. Nor does the world know the peace of mind a serious Christian enjoys, even in poverty and sickness. 11. Sin ruins many great families; whilst righteousness often raises and strengthens even mean families. 12. The ways of carelessness, of worldliness, and of sensuality, seem right to those that walk in them; but self-deceivers prove self-destroyers. See the vanity of carnal mirth. 14. Of all sinners backsliders will have the most terror when they reflect on their own ways. 15. Eager readiness to believe what others say, has ever proved mischievous. The whole world was thus ruined at first. The man who is spiritually wise, depends on the Saviour alone for acceptance. He is watchful against the enemies of his salvation, by taking heed to God's word. 16. Holy fear guards against every thing unholy. 17. An angry man is to be pitied as well as blamed; but the revengeful is more hateful.
Study Bible
Every Wise Woman Builds Her House
1The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands. 2He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, But he who is devious in his ways despises Him.…
Cross References
Ruth 4:11
All the people who were in the court, and the elders, said, "We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built the house of Israel; and may you achieve wealth in Ephrathah and become famous in Bethlehem.

Proverbs 24:3
By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established;

Proverbs 31:10
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.
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