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

King James Bible
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

American Standard Version
She girdeth her loins with strength, And maketh strong her arms.

Douay-Rheims Bible
She hath girded her loins with strength, and hath strengthened her arm.

English Revised Version
She girdeth her loins with strength, and maketh strong her arms.

Webster's Bible Translation
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

Proverbs 31:17 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The reason for this is now given:

11 ב The heart of her husband doth trust her,

        And he shall not fail of grain.

If we interpret שׁלל, after Ecclesiastes 9:8, as subject, then we miss לּו; it will thus be object., and the husband subj. to לא יחסּר: nec lucro carebit, as e.g., Fleischer translates it, with the remark that שׁלל denotes properly the spoil which one takes from an enemy, but then also, like the Arab. ḍanymat, can mean profit and gain of all kinds (cf. Rdiger in Gesenius' Thes.). Thus also in our "kriegen" equals to come into possession, the reference to war disappears. Hitzig understands by שׁלל, the continual prosperity of the man on account of his fortunate possession of such a wife; but in that case the poet should have said שׂמחת שׁלל; for שׁלל is gain, not the feeling that is therewith connected. There is here meant the gain, profit, which the housewife is the means of bringing in (cf. Psalm 78:13). The heart of her husband (בּעלּהּ) can be at rest, it can rest on her whom it loves - he goes after his calling, perhaps a calling which, though weighty and honourable, brings in little or nothing; but the wife keeps the family possessions scrupulously together, and increases them by her laborious and prudent management, so that there is not wanting to him gain, which he properly did not acquire, but which the confidence he is justified in reposing in his wife alone brings to him. She is to him a perpetual spring of nothing but good.

Proverbs 31:17 Parallel Commentaries

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girdeth

1 Kings 18:46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

2 Kings 4:29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up your loins, and take my staff in your hand, and go your way: if you meet any man, salute him not...

Job 38:3 Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me.

Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

Ephesians 6:10,14 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might...

1 Peter 1:13 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober...

strengtheneth

Genesis 49:24 But his bow stayed in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob...

Isaiah 44:12 The smith with the tongs both works in the coals, and fashions it with hammers, and works it with the strength of his arms: yes...

Hosea 7:15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me.

Cross References
1 Kings 18:46
And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah, and he gathered up his garment and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

2 Kings 4:29
He said to Gehazi, "Tie up your garment and take my staff in your hand and go. If you meet anyone, do not greet him, and if anyone greets you, do not reply. And lay my staff on the face of the child."

Job 38:3
Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.

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

Proverbs 31:18
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night.

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