Proverbs 31:27
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:

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.

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Parallel Verses
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.
The Gospel Cordial
A Sermon (No. 3236) published on Thursday, February 9th, 1911 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. on Lord's Day Evening, September 20th, 1863. "Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more."--Proverbs 31:6, 7. These somewhat singular sentences were spoken by the mother of Lemuel to her son, who was probably Solomon. She had already said to him,
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Letter Li to the virgin Sophia
To the Virgin Sophia He praises her for having despised the glory of the world: and, setting forth the praises, privileges, and rewards of Religious Virgins, exhorts her to persevere. Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, to the Virgin Sophia, that she may keep the title of virginity and attain its reward. I. Favour is deceitful and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised (Prov. xxxi. 31). I rejoice with you, my daughter, in the glory of your virtue, whereby, as I hear, you
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

Of the Practice of Piety in Fasting.
There are divers kinds of fasting--First, A constrained fast, as when men either have not food to eat, as in the famine of Samaria (2 Kings vi. 25;) or, having food, cannot eat it for heaviness or sickness, as it befel them who were in the ship with St. Paul (Acts xxvii. 33.) This is rather famine than fasting. Secondly, A natural fast, which we undertake physically, for the health of our body. Thirdly, A civil fast, which the magistrate enjoins for the better maintenance of the commonwealth. Fourthly,
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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