Proverbs 31:19
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New International Version
In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

King James Bible
She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

Darby Bible Translation
She putteth her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.

World English Bible
She lays her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.

Young's Literal Translation
Her hands she hath sent forth on a spindle, And her hands have held a distaff.

Proverbs 31:19 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

She layeth her hands to the spindle -

10. She gives an example of skill and industry to her household. She takes the distaff, that on which the wool or flax was rolled; and the spindle, that by twisting of which she twisted the thread with the right hand, while she held the distaff in the guard of the left arm, and drew down the thread with the fingers of the left hand. Allowing that spindle and distaff are proper translations of כישור kishor, and פלך pelech, this was their use, and the way in which they were used. The spindle and distaff are the most ancient of all the instruments used for spinning, or making thread. The spinning-wheel superseded them in these countries; but still they were in considerable use till spinning machinery superseded both them and the spinning-wheels in general.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

she takes the spindle in her right hand, by twisting which she twists the thread; while she holds the distaff, on which the wool or flais?? rolled, in the guard of the left arm and draws down the thread with the fingers of the left hand

Exodus 35:25,26 And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple...

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
2 Samuel 3:29
May his blood fall on the head of Joab and on his whole family! May Joab's family never be without someone who has a running sore or leprosy or who leans on a crutch or who falls by the sword or who lacks food."

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

Proverbs 31:20
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

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