Proverbs 31:22
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New International Version
She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

King James Bible
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Darby Bible Translation
She maketh herself coverlets; her clothing is byssus and purple.

World English Bible
She makes for herself carpets of tapestry. Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Young's Literal Translation
Ornamental coverings she hath made for herself, Silk and purple are her clothing.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry -

13. She is not regardless either of her own person, or of the decent, proper appearance of her presses and wardrobe. She has coverings or carpeting for her guests to sit upon; she has also tapestry, מרבדים marbaddim, either tapestry, carpeting, or quilted work for her beds; and her own clothing is שש shesh, fine flax, or linen cloth, and purple; probably for a cloak or mantle. The fine linen or cotton cloth of Egypt is probably intended. I have often seen it wrapping the bodies of mummies; it is something like our coarse calico. The purple was supposed to have been dyed by a precious liquor obtained from the pinna magna, a large shellfish, of the muscle kind, found on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. I have seen some of them nearly two feet in length. But it is a doubt whether any such liquor was ever obtained from this or any other fish; and the story itself is invented merely to hide the secret, the proper method of dying purple; which was kept so well that it certainly died with the ancients.

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Proverbs 7:16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.


Genesis 41:42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it on Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in clothing of fine linen...

Esther 5:1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king's house...

Esther 8:15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold...

Psalm 45:13,14 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of worked gold...

Ezekiel 16:10-13 I clothed you also with broidered work, and shod you with badgers' skin, and I girded you about with fine linen...

1 Peter 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;


Exodus 39:27 And they made coats of fine linen of woven work for Aaron, and for his sons,

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
Luke 16:19
"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.

Revelation 19:8
Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God's holy people.)

Revelation 19:14
The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.

Genesis 41:42
Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph's finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.

Judges 8:26
The weight of the gold rings he asked for came to seventeen hundred shekels, not counting the ornaments, the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian or the chains that were on their camels' necks.

Proverbs 7:16
I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.

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