Proverbs 31:16
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New International Version
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

King James Bible
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

Darby Bible Translation
She considereth a field, and acquireth it; of the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

World English Bible
She considers a field, and buys it. With the fruit of her hands, she plants a vineyard.

Young's Literal Translation
She hath considered a field, and taketh it, From the fruit of her hands she hath planted a vineyard.

Proverbs 31:16 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

She considereth a field and buyeth it -

5. She provides for the growing wants of her family. More land will shortly be needed, for the family is growing up; and having seen a field contiguous to her own, which was on sale, she estimates its worth, and purchases it a good bargain; and she pays for it by the fruit of her own industry.

6. She does not restrict herself to the bare necessaries of life; she is able to procure some of its comforts. She plants a vineyard, that she may have wine for a beverage, for medicine, and for sacrifice. This also is procured of her own labor. Whatever goes out brings its worth in; and barter, not buying, is her chief mode of traffic.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Joshua 15:18 And it came to pass, as she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted off her donkey...

Songs 8:12 My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: you, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to treasure hid in a field; the which when a man has found, he hides...

buyeth or taketh

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

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