English Standard Version
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
King James Bible
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
American Standard Version
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And the law of kindness is on her tongue.
She hath opened her mouth to wisdom, and the law of clemency is on her tongue.
English Revised Version
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and the law of kindness is on her tongue.
Webster's Bible Translation
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
Proverbs 31:26 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
That which impels the housewife to this labour is not selfishness, not a narrow-hearted limitation of her care to the circle of what is her own, but love, which reaches out far beyond this circle:
20 כ She holdeth out her hand to the unfortunate,
And stretcheth forth her hands to the needy.
With כּפּיה, 19b, is connected the idea of artistic skilfulness; with כּפּהּ, here that of offering for counsel (vid., at Isaiah 2:6); with sympathy and readiness to help, she presents herself to those who are oppressed by the misfortunes of life as if for an alliance, as if saying: place confidence in me, I shall do whatever I can - there thou hast my hand! Hitzig erroneously thinks of the open hand with a gift lying in it: this ought to be named, for כף in itself is nothing else than the half-opened hand. Also in 20b we are not to think of alms. Here Hitzig rightly: she stretches out to him both of her hands, that he might grasp them, both of them, or whichever he may. She does not throw to him merely a gift from a distance, but above all she gives to him to experience her warm sympathy (cf. Ezekiel 16:49). Here, as at 19a, שׁלחה is punctuated (with Dagesh) as Piel. The punctuation supposes that the author both times not unintentionally made use of the intensive form. This one verse (20) is complete in itself as a description of character; and the author has done well in choosing such strong expressions, for, without this sympathy with misery and poverty, she, so good and trustworthy and industrious, might indeed be pleasing to her husband, but not to God. One could almost wish that greater expansion had been given to this one feature in the picture.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
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