Proverbs 31:18
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New International Version
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

New Living Translation
She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.

English Standard Version
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night.

New American Standard Bible
She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night.

King James Bible
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She sees that her profits are good, and her lamp never goes out at night.

International Standard Version
She is confident that her profits are sufficient. Her lamp does not go out at night.

NET Bible
She knows that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out in the night.

New Heart English Bible
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp doesn't go out by night.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
She has tasted that her merchandise is good and her lamp does not go out all night.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She sees that she is making a good profit. Her lamp burns late at night.

JPS Tanakh 1917
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good; Her lamp goeth not out by night.

New American Standard 1977
She senses that her gain is good;
            Her lamp does not go out at night.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Teth She perceived that her merchandise was good; her fire did not go out by night.

King James 2000 Bible
She perceives that her merchandise is good: her lamp goes not out by night.

American King James Version
She perceives that her merchandise is good: her candle goes not out by night.

American Standard Version
She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable: Her lamp goeth not out by night.

Douay-Rheims Bible
She hath tasted and seen that her traffic is good: her lamp shall not be put out in the night.

Darby Bible Translation
She perceiveth that her earning is good; her lamp goeth not out by night.

English Revised Version
She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable: her lamp goeth not out by night.

Webster's Bible Translation
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

World English Bible
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp doesn't go out by night.

Young's Literal Translation
She hath perceived when her merchandise is good, Her lamp is not extinguished in the night.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
The Virtues of Noble Woman
17She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong. 18She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night. 19She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle.…
Cross References
Job 14:21
"His sons achieve honor, but he does not know it; Or they become insignificant, but he does not perceive it.

Proverbs 31:17
She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong.

Proverbs 31:19
She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle.
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