Proverbs 31:14
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New International Version
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

New Living Translation
She is like a merchant's ship, bringing her food from afar.

English Standard Version
She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.

New American Standard Bible
She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar.

King James Bible
She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from far away.

International Standard Version
She is like a seagoing ship that brings her food from far away.

NET Bible
She is like the merchant ships; she brings her food from afar.

New Heart English Bible
She is like the merchant ships. She brings her bread from afar.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
She has been like a merchant's ship that brings its merchandise from far away.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She is like merchant ships. She brings her food from far away.

JPS Tanakh 1917
She is like the merchant-ships; She bringeth her food from afar.

New American Standard 1977
She is like merchant ships;
            She brings her food from afar.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He She was like the merchants' ships; she brings her food from afar.

King James 2000 Bible
She is like the merchants' ships; she brings her food from afar.

American King James Version
She is like the merchants' ships; she brings her food from afar.

American Standard Version
She is like the merchant-ships; She bringeth her bread from afar.

Douay-Rheims Bible
She is like the merchant's ship, she bringeth her bread from afar.

Darby Bible Translation
She is like the merchants' ships: she bringeth her food from afar;

English Revised Version
She is like the merchant-ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

Webster's Bible Translation
She is like the merchant's ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

World English Bible
She is like the merchant ships. She brings her bread from afar.

Young's Literal Translation
She hath been as ships of the merchant, From afar she bringeth in her bread.
Study Bible
The Virtues of Noble Woman
13She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight. 14She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar. 15She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household And portions to her maidens.…
Cross References
Proverbs 31:13
She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight.

Ezekiel 27:25
"The ships of Tarshish were the carriers for your merchandise. And you were filled and were very glorious In the heart of the seas.
Treasury of Scripture

She is like the merchants' ships; she brings her food from afar.

Proverbs 31:24 She makes fine linen, and sells it; and delivers girdles to the merchant.

1 Kings 9:26-28 And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside …

2 Chronicles 9:10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which …

Ezekiel 27:3 And say to Tyrus, O you that are situate at the entry of the sea, …

(14) She bringeth her food from afar.--Looks for opportunities of buying cheaply at a distance from home, instead of paying a larger price on the spot.

Verse 14. - HE. She is like the merchants' ships. She is like them in that she extends her operations beyond her own immediate neighbourhood, and bringeth her food from afar, buying in the best markets and on advantageous terms, without regard to distance, and being always on the look out to make honest profit. Septuagint, "She is like a ship trading from a distance, and she herself gathereth her livelihood." The expressions in the text point to active commercial operations by sea as well as land, such as we know to have been undertaken by Solomon, Jehoshaphat, and others (1 Kings 9:26; 1 Kings 22:48), and such as the Hebrews must have noticed in the Phoenician cities, Sidon and Tyre. She is like the merchant ships,.... Not like a single one, but like a navy of them, that cross the seas, go to foreign parts, and come back laden with rich goods: so the church of Christ, and her true members, like ships of burden, trade to heaven, by prayer and other religious exercises, and return with the riches of grace and mercy, to help them in time of need; and though they have often difficult and dangerous passages, are tossed with tempests, and covered with billows; yet, Christ being their pilot, faith their sail, and hope their anchor, they weather the seas, ride out all storms, and come safe home with their merchandise;

she bringeth her food from afar: from a far country, from Egypt particularly, from whence corn for bread, as the word here used signifies, was fetched and carried in ships to divers parts of the world (p); to which the allusion may be: in a spiritual sense, it may mean that the church brings her food or bread from heaven, the good land afar off; where God her father, Christ her husband, and her friends the angels are; with whom she carries on a correspondence, and from hence she has her food for her family; not from below, on earth; not dust, the serpent's food; nor ashes, on which a deceitful heart feeds; nor husks, which swine eat; but the corn of heaven, angels' food, the hidden and heavenly manna; the bread of life, which comes down from heaven; the Gospel of the grace of God, the good news from a far country.

(p) Bacchylides spud Athenaei Deipnosoph. l. 2. c. 3. p. 39. 31:10-31 This is the description of a virtuous woman of those days, but the general outlines equally suit every age and nation. She is very careful to recommend herself to her husband's esteem and affection, to know his mind, and is willing that he rule over her. 1. She can be trusted, and he will leave such a wife to manage for him. He is happy in her. And she makes it her constant business to do him good. 2. She is one that takes pains in her duties, and takes pleasure in them. She is careful to fill up time, that none be lost. She rises early. She applies herself to the business proper for her, to women's business. She does what she does, with all her power, and trifles not. 3. She makes what she does turn to good account by prudent management. Many undo themselves by buying, without considering whether they can afford it. She provides well for her house. She lays up for hereafter. 4. She looks well to the ways of her household, that she may oblige all to do their duty to God and one another, as well as to her. 5. She is intent upon giving as upon getting, and does it freely and cheerfully. 6. She is discreet and obliging; every word she says, shows she governs herself by the rules of wisdom. She not only takes prudent measures herself, but gives prudent advice to others. The law of love and kindness is written in the heart, and shows itself in the tongue. Her heart is full of another world, even when her hands are most busy about this world. 7. Above all, she fears the Lord. Beauty recommends none to God, nor is it any proof of wisdom and goodness, but it has deceived many a man who made his choice of a wife by it. But the fear of God reigning in the heart, is the beauty of the soul; it lasts for ever. 8. She has firmness to bear up under crosses and disappointments. She shall reflect with comfort when she comes to be old, that she was not idle or useless when young. She shall rejoice in a world to come. She is a great blessing to her relations. If the fruit be good, the tree must have our good word. But she leaves it to her own works to praise her. Every one ought to desire this honour that cometh from God; and according to this standard we all ought to regulate our judgments. This description let all women daily study, who desire to be truly beloved and respected, useful and honourable. This passage is to be applied to individuals, but may it not also be applied to the church of God, which is described as a virtuous spouse? God by his grace has formed from among sinful men a church of true believers, to possess all the excellences here described.
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