Proverbs 31:17
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New International Version
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

King James Bible
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

Darby Bible Translation
She girdeth her loins with strength, and maketh strong her arms.

World English Bible
She arms her waist with strength, and makes her arms strong.

Young's Literal Translation
She hath girded with might her loins, And doth strengthen her arms.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

She girdeth her loins with strength -

7. She takes care of her own health and strength, not only by means of useful labor, but by healthy exercise. She avoids what might enervate her body, or soften her mind - she is ever active, and girt ready for every necessary exercise. Her loins are firm, and her arms strong.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


1 Kings 18:46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

2 Kings 4:29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up your loins, and take my staff in your hand, and go your way: if you meet any man, salute him not...

Job 38:3 Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me.

Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

Ephesians 6:10,14 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might...

1 Peter 1:13 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober...


Genesis 49:24 But his bow stayed in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob...

Isaiah 44:12 The smith with the tongs both works in the coals, and fashions it with hammers, and works it with the strength of his arms: yes...

Hosea 7:15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me.

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
1 Kings 18:46
The power of the LORD came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

2 Kings 4:29
Elisha said to Gehazi, "Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. Don't greet anyone you meet, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy's face."

Job 38:3
Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.

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

Proverbs 31:18
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

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