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

New Living Translation
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.

English Standard Version
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

New American Standard Bible
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

King James Bible
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.

International Standard Version
Charm is deceitful and beauty fades; but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.

NET Bible
Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Beauty is false and favor is empty, but a woman that is in the awe of Lord Jehovah, she will be praised.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty evaporates, [but] a woman who has the fear of the LORD should be praised.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Schin Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but the woman that fears the LORD shall be praised.

King James 2000 Bible
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

American King James Version
Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

American Standard Version
Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; But a woman that feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: the woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

Darby Bible Translation
Gracefulness is deceitful and beauty is vain; a woman [that] feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.

English Revised Version
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Webster's Bible Translation
Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

World English Bible
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised.

Young's Literal Translation
The grace is false, and the beauty is vain, A woman fearing Jehovah, she may boast herself.
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 30. - SHIN. The writer confirms the husband's praise by assigning to it its just grounds. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain. Chen, "favour," may signify either the good will with which one is regarded, or gracefulness, beauty. As being in close parallelism with the next words, it is best taken as referring to loveliness of form. Mere gracefulness, if considered as a token of a wife's work and usefulness, is misleading; and beauty is transitory and often dangerous. Neither of them is of any real value unless accompanied by religion. As the gnomic poet says -

Μὴ κρῖν ὁρῶν τὸ κάλλος ἀλλὰ τὸν τρόπον.
"Judge not at eight of beauty, but of life." But a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. So we come back to the maxim with which the whole book began, that the foundation of all excellence is the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7). Such, too, is the conclusion of Ecclesiastes (Ecclesiastes 12:13), "Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." Septuagint, "False are charms (ἀρεσκειαι), and vain is the beauty of woman; for a prudent woman is blessed, and let her praise the fear of the Lord."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain,.... A well favoured look, a graceful countenance, symmetry and proportion of parts, natural or artificial beauty, are vain and deceitful; oftentimes under them lies an ill natured, deformed, and depraved mind; nor is the pleasure and satisfaction enjoyed as is promised along with these; and particularly how do they fade (e) and consume away by a fit of illness, and through old age, and at last by death? And so vain and deceitful are the favour and beauty, the artificial paintings, of Jezebel, that whore of Rome; all her meretricious deckings, dressings, and ornaments; her gaudy pomp and show in her worship, and the places of it; see Revelation 17:4. Jarchi interprets this of the grandeur and glory of the kings of the nations;

but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised; any single individual, man or woman, that fears the Lord; or a collective body of them, a society consisting of such persons, as the true church of Christ does; who have the grace of fear in their hearts, which is the beginning of wisdom, and includes the whole of religious worship, internal and external, private and public: such are taken notice of and highly valued by the Lord; his eye is upon them; his hand communicates to them much grace; and many benefits are bestowed upon them here, and great honour is conferred upon them, and great goodness is laid up for them.

(e) "Forma bonum fragile est", Ovid. de Arte Amandi, l. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

30. Favour—or, "Grace" of personal manner.

beauty—of face, or form (compare Pr 11:22). True piety alone commands permanent respect and affection (1Pe 3:3).

Proverbs 31:30 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Virtues of Noble Woman
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. 31Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.
Cross References
Psalm 112:1
Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands.

Proverbs 11:16
A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.

Proverbs 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 31:29
"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

Proverbs 31:31
Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Treasury of Scripture

Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

favour

Proverbs 6:25 Lust not after her beauty in your heart; neither let her take you …

Proverbs 11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is …

2 Samuel 14:25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom …

Esther 1:11,12 To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to …

Ezekiel 16:15 But you did trust in your own beauty, and played the harlot because …

James 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it wither …

1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower …

a woman

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise …

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the …

Exodus 1:17-21 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded …

Psalm 147:11 The LORD takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Luke 1:6,46-50 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments …

1 Peter 3:4,5 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, …

she

Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good that you should take hold of this; yes, also from this …

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep …

Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that …

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who …

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, …

Jump to Previous
Beautiful Beauty Boast Charm Deceit Deceitful Deceptive Fair False. Favor Favour Fear Feareth Fearing Fears Fleeting Form Grace Herself Looks Praised Vain Value
Jump to Next
Beautiful Beauty Boast Charm Deceit Deceitful Deceptive Fair False. Favor Favour Fear Feareth Fearing Fears Fleeting Form Grace Herself Looks Praised Vain Value
Links
Proverbs 31:30 NIV
Proverbs 31:30 NLT
Proverbs 31:30 ESV
Proverbs 31:30 NASB
Proverbs 31:30 KJV

Proverbs 31:30 Bible Apps
Proverbs 31:30 Bible Suite
Proverbs 31:30 Biblia Paralela
Proverbs 31:30 Chinese Bible
Proverbs 31:30 French Bible
Proverbs 31:30 German Bible

Alphabetical: a and be beauty but Charm deceitful deceptive fears fleeting is LORD praised shall she the to vain who woman

OT Poetry: Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain (Prov. Pro Pr) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Proverbs 31:29
Top of Page
Top of Page