Proverbs 31:14
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New International Version
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

King James Bible
She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

Darby Bible Translation
She is like the merchants' ships: she bringeth her food from afar;

World English Bible
She is like the merchant ships. She brings her bread from afar.

Young's Literal Translation
She hath been as ships of the merchant, From afar she bringeth in her bread.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

She is like the merchants' ships -

3. She acts like merchants. If she buy any thing for her household, she sells sufficient of her own manufactures to pay for it; if she imports, she exports: and she sends articles of her own manufacturing or produce to distant countries; she traffics with the neighboring tribes.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 31:24 She makes fine linen, and sells it; and delivers girdles to the merchant.

1 Kings 9:26-28 And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom...

2 Chronicles 9:10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones.

Ezekiel 27:3 And say to Tyrus, O you that are situate at the entry of the sea, which are a merchant of the people for many isles...

The Gospel Cordial
A Sermon (No. 3236) published on Thursday, February 9th, 1911 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. on Lord's Day Evening, September 20th, 1863. "Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more."--Proverbs 31:6, 7. These somewhat singular sentences were spoken by the mother of Lemuel to her son, who was probably Solomon. She had already said to him,
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Proverbs 31:13
She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

Ezekiel 27:25
"'The ships of Tarshish serve as carriers for your wares. You are filled with heavy cargo as you sail the sea.

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