Proverbs 31:30
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English Standard Version
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

King James Bible
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

American Standard Version
Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; But a woman that feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: the woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

English Revised Version
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Webster's Bible Translation
Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Proverbs 31:30 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The description, following the order of the letters, now directs attention to the profitable labour of the housewife:

24 ס She prepareth body-linen and selleth it,

        And girdles doth she give to the Phoenicians.

It is a question whether סדין signifies σινδών, cloth from Sindhu, the land of India (vid., at Isaiah 3:23); the Arab. sadn (sadl), to cause to hang down, to descend (for the purpose of covering or veiling), offers an appropriate verbal root. In the Talmud, סדין is the sleeping linen, the curtain, the embroidered cloth, but particularly a light smock-frock, as summer costume, which was worn on the bare body (cf. Mark 14:51.). Kimchi explains the word by night-shirt; the Edictum Diocletiani, xviii. 16, names σινδόνες κοιταρίαι, as the Papyrus Louvre, ὀθόνια ἐγκοιμήτρια; and the connection in the Edict shows that linen attire (ἐκ λίνου) is meant, although - as with שׁשׁ, so also with סדין - with the ancients and the moderns, sometimes linen and sometimes cotton is spoken of without any distinction. Aethicus speaks of costly girdles, Cosmogr. 84, as fabricated at Jerusalem: baltea regalia ... ex Hierosolyma allata; Jerusalem and Scythopolis were in later times the chief places in Palestine for the art of weaving. In Galilee also, where excellent flax grew, the art of weaving was carried on; and the ὀθόναι, which, according to Clemens Alex. Paedag. ii. 10, p. 239, were exported ἐκ γῆς Ἑβραίων, are at least in their material certainly synon. with σινδόνες. Regarding נתן, syn. מכר, opp. לקח, syn. נשׂא equals קנה, vid., at 16a. There is no reason to interpret כּנעני here, with the obliteration of the ethnographical meaning, in the general sense of סחר, trader, merchant; for purple, 22b, is a Phoenician manufacture, and thus, as an article of exchange, can be transferred to the possession of the industrious wife.

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favour

Proverbs 6:25 Lust not after her beauty in your heart; neither let her take you with her eyelids.

Proverbs 11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.

2 Samuel 14:25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty...

Esther 1:11,12 To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to show the people and the princes her beauty...

Ezekiel 16:15 But you did trust in your own beauty, and played the harlot because of your renown...

James 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it wither the grass, and the flower thereof falls...

1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass wither, and the flower thereof falls away:

a woman

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the fraudulent mouth, do I hate.

Exodus 1:17-21 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive...

Psalm 147:11 The LORD takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Luke 1:6,46-50 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless...

1 Peter 3:4,5 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit...

she

Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good that you should take hold of this; yes, also from this withdraw not your hand...

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter...

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness...

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire...

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit...

Cross References
Psalm 112:1
Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!

Proverbs 11:16
A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches.

Proverbs 22:4
The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 31:29
"Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all."

Proverbs 31:31
Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

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