Proverbs 31:23
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New International Version
Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

New Living Translation
Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders.

English Standard Version
Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.

New American Standard Bible
Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.

King James Bible
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Her husband is known at the city gates, where he sits among the elders of the land.

International Standard Version
Her husband is well known; he sits among the leaders of the land.

NET Bible
Her husband is well-known in the city gate when he sits with the elders of the land.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Her husband is known among the cities as he sits among the Elders of the land.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Her husband is known at the city gates when he sits with the leaders of the land.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nun Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.

King James 2000 Bible
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

American King James Version
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

American Standard Version
Her husband is known in the gates, When he sitteth among the elders of the land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Her husband is honourable in the gates, when he sitteth among the senators of the land.

Darby Bible Translation
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

English Revised Version
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

Webster's Bible Translation
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

World English Bible
Her husband is respected in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

Young's Literal Translation
Known in the gates is her husband, In his sitting with elders of the land.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23. - NUN. Her husband is known in the gates. Such a woman advances her husband's interests, increases his influence, and, by attending to his domestic concerns, enables him to take his share in public matters, so that his name is in great repute in the popular assemblies at the city gates (ver. 31; ch. 8:3). She is indeed "a crown to her husband" (ch. 12:4). When he sitteth among the elders of the land. Homer introduces Nausikaa speaking to her father of her duty to see that he is honourably clad when he goes to the council -

Καὶ δὲ σοὶ αὐτῷ ἔοικε μετὰ πρώτοισιν ἐόντα
Βουλὰς βουλεύειν καθαρὰ χροί εἵματ ἔχοντα
('Odyssey,' 6:60.)

"For our costly robes,
All sullied now, the cleansing stream require;
And thine especially, when thou appear'st
In council with the princes of the land,
Had need be pure."


(Cowper.) St. Gregory sees here an adumbration of the day of judgment: "For the Redeemer of mankind is the "Husband" of holy Church, who shows himself 'renowned' (nobilis, Vulgate) in the gates. Who first came in sight in degradation and in mockings, but shall appear on high at the entering in of his kingdom; and 'he sitteth among the elders of the land,' for that he shall decree sentence of condemnation together with the holy preachers of that same Church, as himself declares in the gospel (Matthew 19:28)" ('Moral.,' 6:9).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Her husband is known in the gates,.... Of the city, where courts of justice were kept, and causes heard and tried by the judges, the elders of the land, later mentioned; among whom the husband of the virtuous woman was, where he was known, taken notice of, and celebrated; not so much for the beautiful garments she made him, as Jarchi; but rather for his wisdom, as Gersom, and for being the husband of such a woman; who, taking such care of his domestic affairs, he was more at leisure to attend public business, and transact it with reputation. Christ is the husband of the church in general, and of particular churches, and of every private believer; he fell in love with them, asked them of his Father, and betrothed them to himself; and is a kind, tender, loving, and sympathizing husband to his church and people; that nourishes and cherishes them, and provides all things for them, and interests them in all he has: and he is "known" by them, in the dignity of his person, in the excellency of his offices, and the fulness of his grace; he is known by them in the relation of an husband; he is well known in the church of God, in the assembly of his saints, Psalm 76:1; he is known in the gates of Zion, in the public ministering of the word and ordinances; his name is celebrated, it becomes great and famous, wherever his Gospel is preached in the world; he is,

"known in the provinces,''

as the Targum; or,

"among the cities,''

as the Syriac version; among the nations of the world, in the cities of the Gentiles; as he will be, even from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, Malachi 1:11;

when he sitteth among the elders of the land; when he sits in his house, at his table, circled by his saints, his ancient ones; or as King, head, and husband of his people, on his throne in the church, encompassed with, the four and twenty elders, the representatives of Gospel churches, Revelation 4:2. And especially when he shall take to himself his great power, and reign gloriously before his ancients, the patriarchs, prophets, and apostles, and all his saints, which will come with him; whom he has loved with an everlasting love; who were chosen in him before the foundation of the world; and had grace given them, in him, before the world began, Isaiah 24:23; and when he shall come to judge the world, and will appear in great glory, and be seen and known of all; and shall sit on his throne of glory, and his elders also, sitting on twelve thrones, judging the tribes of Israel, Matthew 19:28; so Ambrose interprets it of the universal judgment.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. in the gates—(compare Pr 22:22). His domestic comfort promotes his advancement in public dignity.

Proverbs 31:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Virtues of Noble Woman
22She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land. 24She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies belts to the tradesmen.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 16:18
Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.

Ruth 4:1
Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, "Come over here, my friend, and sit down." So he went over and sat down.

Ruth 4:2
Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, "Sit here," and they did so.

Ruth 4:11
Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, "We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.
Treasury of Scripture

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.

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Proverbs 24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he opens not his mouth in the gate.

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Deuteronomy 21:19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him …

Ruth 4:1 Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, …

Job 29:7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my …

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