Proverbs 31:27
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New International Version
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

New Living Translation
She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.

English Standard Version
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

New American Standard Bible
She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

King James Bible
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.

International Standard Version
She looks discretely to the affairs of her household, and she is never lazy.

NET Bible
She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The ways of her house are open and she has not eaten the bread of laziness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She keeps a close eye on the conduct of her family, and she does not eat the bread of idleness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness.

New American Standard 1977
She looks well to the ways of her household,
            And does not eat the bread of idleness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Tzaddi She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat bread in idleness.

King James 2000 Bible
She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.

American King James Version
She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.

American Standard Version
She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
She hath looked well to the paths of her house, and hath not eaten her bread idle.

Darby Bible Translation
She surveyeth the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

English Revised Version
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Webster's Bible Translation
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

World English Bible
She looks well to the ways of her household, and doesn't eat the bread of idleness.

Young's Literal Translation
She is watching the ways of her household, And bread of sloth she eateth not.
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
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. 28Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:…
Cross References
Proverbs 19:15
Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle man will suffer hunger.

Proverbs 31:28
Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
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