New American Standard Bible
The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
King James Bible
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
Darby Bible Translation
The wisdom of women buildeth their house; but folly plucketh it down with her hands.
World English Bible
Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.
Young's Literal Translation
Every wise woman hath builded her house, And the foolish with her hands breaketh it down.
Proverbs 14:1 Parallel
CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Every wise woman - literally, Wise women. The fullest recognition that has as yet met us of the importance of woman, for good or evil, in all human society.
LibrarySatisfied from Self
'... A good man shall be satisfied from himself.'--PROVERBS xiv. 14. At first sight this saying strikes one as somewhat unlike the ordinary Scripture tone, and savouring rather of a Stoical self-complacency; but we recall parallel sayings, such as Christ's words, 'The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water'; and the Apostle's, 'Then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone.' We further note that the text has an antithetic parallel in the preceding clause, where the picture is …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Godly Fear and Its Goodly Consequence
How the Kindly-Disposed and the Envious are to be Admonished.
A Believer's Privilege at Death
All the people who were in the court, and the elders, said, "We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built the house of Israel; and may you achieve wealth in Ephrathah and become famous in Bethlehem.
By wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established;
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.
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