Proverbs 11:16
New International Version
A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.

New Living Translation
A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth.

English Standard Version
A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches.

Berean Study Bible
A gracious woman attains honor, but violent men gain only wealth.

New American Standard Bible
A gracious woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches.

King James Bible
A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.

Christian Standard Bible
A gracious woman gains honor, but violent people gain only riches.

Contemporary English Version
A gracious woman will be respected, but a ruthless man will only get rich.

Good News Translation
A gracious woman is respected, but a woman without virtue is a disgrace. Lazy people will never have money, but aggressive people will get rich.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A gracious woman gains honor, but violent men gain only riches.

International Standard Version
A gracious woman attains honor, but ruthless men attain wealth.

NET Bible
A generous woman gains honor, and ruthless men seize wealth.

New Heart English Bible
A gracious woman obtains honor, but she who hates virtue makes a throne for dishonor. The slothful become destitute, and ruthless men grab wealth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A loving woman upholds honor for the husband, but the woman who hates the truth is a throne of disgrace. Lazy men, even in their wealth, are needy, and strong men uphold knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A gracious woman wins respect, but ruthless men gain riches.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A gracious woman obtaineth honour; And strong men obtain riches.

New American Standard 1977
A gracious woman attains honor, And violent men attain riches.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The gracious woman retains honour, and strong men retain riches.

King James 2000 Bible
A gracious woman retains honor: and strong men retain riches.

American King James Version
A gracious woman retains honor: and strong men retain riches.

American Standard Version
A gracious woman obtaineth honor; And violent men obtain riches.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A gracious wife brings glory to her husband: but a woman hating righteousness is a theme of dishonour. The slothful come to want: but the diligent support themselves with wealth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A gracious woman shall find glory: and the strong shall have riches.

Darby Bible Translation
A gracious woman retaineth honour; and the violent retain riches.

English Revised Version
A gracious woman retaineth honour: and violent men retain riches.

Webster's Bible Translation
A gracious woman retaineth honor: and strong men retain riches.

World English Bible
A gracious woman obtains honor, but violent men obtain riches.

Young's Literal Translation
A gracious woman retaineth honour, And terrible men retain riches.
Study Bible
Dishonest Scales
15He who puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but the one who hates indebtedness is secure. 16A gracious woman attains honor, but violent men gain only wealth. 17A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.…
Cross References
Proverbs 31:28
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband praises her as well:

Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Treasury of Scripture

A gracious woman retains honor: and strong men retain riches.

gracious

Proverbs 31:30,31
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised…

1 Samuel 25:32,33
And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: …

2 Samuel 20:16-22
Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee…

and

Luke 11:21,22
When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: …







Lexicon
A gracious
חֵ֭ן (ḥên)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2580: Graciousness, subjective, objective

woman
אֵֽשֶׁת־ (’ê·šeṯ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 802: Woman, wife, female

attains
תִּתְמֹ֣ךְ (tiṯ·mōḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8551: To sustain, to obtain, keep fast, to help, follow close

honor,
כָּב֑וֹד (kā·ḇō·wḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3519: Weight, splendor, copiousness

but violent
וְ֝עָרִיצִ֗ים (wə·‘ā·rî·ṣîm)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6184: Awe-inspiring, terror-striking

men gain
יִתְמְכוּ־ (yiṯ·mə·ḵū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8551: To sustain, to obtain, keep fast, to help, follow close

only wealth.
עֹֽשֶׁר׃ (‘ō·šer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6239: Wealth
(16) A gracious woman retaineth honour . . .--Each sex has its own power. A woman by her attractiveness wins and retains favour, a man by his strength and riches.

Verse 16. - A gracious woman; a woman full of grace. Septuagint, εὐχάριστος "agreeable," "charming." The author is thinking of personal attractions, which, he says, win favour; but we may apply his expression to moral exeellences also, which obtain higher recognition. Retaineth... retain; better, obtain...win, as in Proverbs 29:23. The two clauses are parallel in form, not in sense, and imply that beauty is more effective than strength, and honour is better than wealth. The Septuagint takes a narrow view: "A graceful woman bringeth glory to her husband." The last clause is rendered, "The manly (ἀνδρεῖοι) are supported by wealth." Between the two clauses the LXX. and the Syriac introduce the following paragraphs: "But a seat of dishonour is a woman that hateth righteousness. The indolent come to want wealth, but the manly," etc. 11:1 However men may make light of giving short weight or measure, and however common such crimes may be, they are an abomination to the Lord. 2. Considering how safe, and quiet, and easy the humble are, we see that with the lowly is wisdom. 3. An honest man's principles are fixed, therefore his way is plain. 4. Riches will stand men in no stead in the day of death. 5,6. The ways of wickedness are dangerous. And sin will be its own punishment. 7. When a godly man dies, all his fears vanish; but when a wicked man dies, his hopes vanish. 8. The righteous are often wonderfully kept from going into dangerous situations, and the ungodly go in their stead. 9. Hypocrites delude men into error and sin by artful objections against the truths of God's word. 10,11. Nations prosper when wicked men are cast down. 12. A man of understanding does not judge of others by their success. 13. A faithful man will not disclose what he is trusted with, unless the honour of God and the real good of society require it. 14. We shall often find it to our advantage to advise with others. 15. The welfare of our families, our own peace, and our ability to pay just debts, must not be brought into danger. But here especially let us consider the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in becoming Surety even for enemies. 16. A pious and discreet woman will keep esteem and respect, as strong men keep possession of wealth. 17. A cruel, froward, ill-natured man, is vexatious to those that are, and should be to him as his own flesh, and punishes himself. 18. He that makes it his business to do good, shall have a reward, as sure to him as eternal truth can make it. 19. True holiness is true happiness. The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits, the more he hastens his own destruction. 20. Nothing is more hateful to God, than hypocrisy and double dealing, which are here signified. God delights in such as aim and act with uprightness. 21. Joining together in sin shall not protect the sinners. 22. Beauty is abused by those who have not discretion or modesty with it. This is true of all bodily endowments. 23. The wicked desire mischief to others, but it shall return upon themselves. 24. A man may grow poor by not paying just debts, not relieving the poor, not allowing needful expenses. Let men be ever so saving of what they have, if God appoints, it comes to nothing. 25. Both in temporal and spiritual things, God commonly deals with his people according to the measure by which they deal with their brethren. 26. We must not hoard up the gifts of God's bounty, merely for our own advantage. 27. Seeking mischief is here set against seeking good; for those that are not doing good are doing hurt, even to themselves.
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