Proverbs 31:16
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English Standard Version
She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.

King James Bible
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

American Standard Version
She considereth a field, and buyeth it; With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

Douay-Rheims Bible
She hath considered a field, and bought it: with the fruit of her hands she hath planted a vineyard.

English Revised Version
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

Webster's Bible Translation
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

A wife, such as she ought to be, is a rare treasure, a good excelling all earthly possession:

10 א A virtuous woman, who findeth her!

        She stands far above pearls in worth.

In the connection אושׁת חיל and the like, the idea of bodily vigour is spiritualized to that of capacity, ability, and is generalized; in virtus the corresponding transition from manliness, and in the originally Romanic "Bravheit," valour to ability, is completed; we have translated as at Proverbs 12:4, but also Luther, "a virtuous woman," is suitable, since Tugend (virtue) has with Tchtigkeit [ability] the same root-word, and according to our linguistic [German] usage designates the property of moral goodness and propriety, while for those of former times, when they spoke of the tugend (tugent) of a woman, the word combined with it the idea of fine manners (cf. חן, Proverbs 11:16) and culture (cf. שׂכל טוב, Proverbs 13:15). The question מי ימצא, quis inveniat, which, Ecclesiastes 7:24, proceeds from the supposition of the impossibility of finding, conveys here only the idea of the difficulty of finding. In ancient Jerusalem, when one was married, they were wont to ask: מצא אומוצא, i.e., has he found? thus as is said at Proverbs 18:22, or at Ecclesiastes 7:26. A virtuous woman [braves Weib] is not found by every one, she is found by comparatively few. In 10b there is given to the thought which underlies the question a synonymous expression. Ewald, Elster, and Zckler incorrectly render the ו by "although" or "and yet." Fleischer rightly: the second clause, if not in form yet in sense, runs parallel to the first. מכר designates the price for which such a woman is sold, and thus is purchasable, not without reference to this, that in the Orient a wife is obtained by means of מהר. מכר, synon. מחיר, for which a wife of the right kind is gained, is רחוק, placed further, i.e., is more difficult to be obtained, than pearls (vid., regarding "pearls" at Proverbs 3:15), i.e., than the price for such precious things. The poet thereby means to say that such a wife is a more precious possession than all earthly things which are precious, and that he who finds such an one has to speak of his rare fortune.

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Joshua 15:18 And it came to pass, as she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted off her donkey...

Songs 8:12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: you, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to treasure hid in a field; the which when a man has found, he hides...

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Cross References
Proverbs 31:15
She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.

Proverbs 31:17
She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.

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