Proverbs 31:29
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

New Living Translation
"There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!"

English Standard Version
“Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”

New American Standard Bible
"Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all."

King James Bible
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Many women are capable, but you surpass them all!"

International Standard Version
"Many women have done wonderful things," he says, "but you surpass all of them!"

NET Bible
"Many daughters have done valiantly, but you surpass them all!"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And many of her daughters have retained wealth, and you have far surpassed all of these.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
'Many women have done noble work, but you have surpassed them all!'

Jubilee Bible 2000
Resh Many daughters have done valiantly, but thou dost excel them all.

King James 2000 Bible
Many daughters have done virtuously, but you excel them all.

American King James Version
Many daughters have done virtuously, but you excel them all.

American Standard Version
Many daughters have done worthily, But thou excellest them all.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Many daughters have gathered together riches: thou hast surpassed them all.

Darby Bible Translation
Many daughters have done worthily, but thou excellest them all.

English Revised Version
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Webster's Bible Translation
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

World English Bible
"Many women do noble things, but you excel them all."

Young's Literal Translation
Many are the daughters who have done worthily, Thou hast gone up above them all.'
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 29. - RESH. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. The versions and some commentators take the encomium in the mean and restricted sense of praise for the acquisition of riches. Thus the Vulgate, Multae filiae congregaverunt divitias; Septuagint, "Many daughters have obtained wealth." But it adds another rendering, "Many have wrought power (ἐποίησανδύναμιν)," which is nearer the meaning in this place. Chayil (as we have seen, ver. 10) means "force," virtus, "strength of character" shown in various ways (comp. Numbers 24:18; Psalm 60:12). "Daughters," equivalent to "women," as Genesis 30:13; Song of Solomon 6:9. Roman Catholic commentators have, with much ingenuity, applied the whole description of the virtuous woman, and especially the present verse, to the Virgin Mary. We may regard it as a representation of the truly Christian matron, who loves husband and children, guides the house, is discreet, chaste, good, a teacher of good things (1 Timothy 5:14; Titus 2:3, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Many daughters have done virtuously,.... This, according to Aben Ezra and Gersom, is what was said by her husband and children, and which seems to be right; especially they may be thought to be the words of her husband. By these "daughters" may be meant false churches, such as the church of Rome and her daughters, who is the mother of harlots, Revelation 17:17. These are "many", when the true church of Christ is but one, to whom she is opposed, Sol 6:8. These may do many virtuous things externally; may make a great show of religion and devotion; may have a form of godliness, without the power of it; and a name to live, and be dead. The Vulgate Latin version renders it, "many daughters have gathered riches"; or "have possessed riches", as the Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions, and so the Targum; and in this sense the phrase is sometimes used for getting riches and wealth; see Deuteronomy 8:17; and may well be applied to the false churches, the church of Rome and her daughters, who possess great riches and large emoluments, which yet in a short time will come to nothing, Revelation 18:17;

but thou excellest them all; in real beauty, in true riches, in purity of doctrine, in simplicity of worship, in holiness of life and conversation, in undefiled religion, in doing good works, properly so called. Christ's church is "the fairest among women", Sol 1:8. So Ambrose interprets the daughters of heresies and heretics.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

29. The words are those of her husband, praising her.

virtuously—(Compare Pr 31:10).

Proverbs 31:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Virtues of Noble Woman
28Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: 29"Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all." 30Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.…
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Proverbs 31:28
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
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