New International Version
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
New Living Translation
When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.
English Standard Version
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
New American Standard Bible
She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
King James Bible
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
She opens her mouth with wisdom and loving instruction is on her tongue.
International Standard Version
She speaks wisely, teaching with gracious love.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
She has opened her mouth in wisdom and the law of compassion is upon her tongue.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
"She speaks with wisdom, and on her tongue there is tender instruction.
Jubilee Bible 2000
Pe She opened her mouth with wisdom, and the law of mercy is upon her tongue.
King James 2000 Bible
She opens her mouth with wisdom; and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
American King James Version
She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
American Standard Version
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And the law of kindness is on her tongue.
She hath opened her mouth to wisdom, and the law of clemency is on her tongue.
Darby Bible Translation
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and upon her tongue is the law of kindness.
English Revised Version
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and the law of kindness is on her tongue.
Webster's Bible Translation
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
World English Bible
She opens her mouth with wisdom. Faithful instruction is on her tongue.
Young's Literal Translation
Her mouth she hath opened in wisdom, And the law of kindness is on her tongue.
Parallel CommentariesMatthew 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.
Verse 26. - PE. She openeth her mouth with wisdom. She is not merely a good housewife, attending diligently to material interests; she guides her family with words of wisdom. When she speaks, it is not gossip, or slander, or idle talk, that she utters, but sentences of prudence and sound sense, such as may minister grace to the hearers. The Septuagint has this verse before ver. 25, and the first hemistich Again. after ver. 27. So in Lamentations 2, 3, 4, the pe and ayin vetoes change places. This is also the case in Psalm 37. In the former passage the LXX: renders, "She openeth her mouth heedfully and lawfully (προεχόντως καὶ ἐννόμως);" and in the other, "wisely and in accordance with law (σοφῶς καὶ νομοθέσμως)." In her tongue is the law of kindness (thorath chesed); i.e. her language to those around her is animated and regulated by love. As mistress of a family, she has to teach and direct her dependents, and she performs this duty with gracious kindness and ready sympathy. Septuagint, "She places order on her tongue."
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
She openeth her mouth with wisdom,.... When she opens her mouth, for it is not always open, she expresses herself in a discreet and prudent manner; as well as speaks of things not foolish and trifling, but of moment and importance, and of usefulness to others: or "concerning wisdom" (a); the church and people of Christ talk of the wisdom of God in the works of creation, providence, and redemption; of Christ, the Wisdom of God, and as made so to them; of the Gospel, the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom; and of wisdom in the hidden part, or the truth of grace in their souls; of their gracious experiences; nor will they suffer any foolish, filthy, and corrupt communication to proceed out of their mouths, but speak the pure language of Canaan; what is for the use of edifying, and being taken out of the Scriptures is profitable for instruction in righteousness; see Psalm 37:30;
and in her tongue is the law of kindness; or "the law of love" (b), grace and mercy; which is the law of Christ, Galatians 6:2; speaking kindly and tenderly to everyone, exhorting to acts of mercy and kindness, and doing them herself: or "the doctrine of grace is in her tongue" (c); the Gospel, which is called the Gospel of the grace of God, and the grace of God itself; it is the doctrine of the grace and love of God the Father towards men in Christ, as it appears in their election in him and redemption by him; of the grace of Christ in his incarnation, sufferings, and death; and of the grace of the Spirit in regeneration, conversion, and sanctification; and which contains various doctrines of grace, as of justification, pardon of sin, and effectual calling; and of salvation itself, which is all of grace: and this doctrine of grace, in the several branches of it, the church, and all gracious souls, cannot forbear speaking of; it is often in their mouths, it dwells upon their tongues; and careful are they in other respects that their speech be seasoned with grace, and be such that ministers grace to the hearers, Ephesians 4:29.
(a) "de sapientia", Mercerus. (b) "lex misericordiae", Montanus. (c) "Instructio gratiae", Gejerus; "lex, vel doctrina gratiae", Cocceius, so the Targum; "doctrina benigniatis", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
26. Her conversation is wise and gentle.
Proverbs 31:26 Additional Commentaries
The Virtues of Noble Woman
…25Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future. 26She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. 27She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.…
From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Treasury of Scripture
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