Proverbs 31:12
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English Standard Version
She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.

King James Bible
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

American Standard Version
She doeth him good and not evil All the days of her life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
She will render him good, and not evil, all the days of her life.

English Revised Version
She doeth him good and not evil all the days of her life.

Webster's Bible Translation
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

6 Give strong drink to him that is perishing,

   And wine to those whose soul is in bitter woe;

7 Let him drink and forget his poverty,

   And let him think of his misery no more.

The preparation of a potion for malefactors who were condemned to death was, on the ground of these words of the proverb, cared for by noble women in Jerusalem (נשׁים יקרות שׁבירושׁלים), Sanhedrin 43a; Jesus rejected it, because He wished, without becoming insensible to His sorrow, to pass away from the earthly life freely and in full consciousness, Mark 15:23. The transition from the plur. to the sing. of the subject is in Proverbs 31:7 less violent than in Proverbs 31:5, since in Proverbs 31:6 singular and plur. already interchange. We write תּנוּ־שׁכר with the counter-tone Metheg and Mercha. אובד designates, as at Job 29:13; Job 31:19, one who goes to meet destruction: it combines the present signification interiens, the fut. signif. interiturus, and the perf. perditus (hopelessly lost). מרי נפשׁ (those whose minds are filled with sorrow) is also supported from the Book of Job; Job 3:20, cf. Proverbs 21:25, the language and thought and mode of writing of which notably rests on the Proverbs of Agur and Lemuel (vid., Mhlau, pp. 64-66). The Venet. τοῖς πικροῖς (not ψυξροῖς) τὴν ψυχήν. רישׁ (poverty) is not, however, found there, but only in the Book of Proverbs, in which this word-stem is more at home than elsewhere. Wine rejoices the heart of man, Psalm 104:15, and at the same time raises it for the time above oppression and want, and out of anxious sorrow, wherefore it is soonest granted to them, and in sympathizing love ought to be presented to them by whom this its beneficent influence is to be wished for. The ruined man forgets his poverty, the deeply perplexed his burden of sorrow; the king, on the contrary, is in danger from this cause of forgetting what the law required at his hands, viz., in relation to those who need help, to whom especially his duty as a ruler refers.

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1 Samuel 25:18-22,26,27 Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed...

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Proverbs 31:11
The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.

Proverbs 31:13
She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.

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