Proverbs 14:1
New International Version
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

New Living Translation
A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

English Standard Version
The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.

Berean Study Bible
Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

King James Bible
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

New King James Version
The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.

New American Standard Bible
The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

NASB 1995
The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

NASB 1977
The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

Amplified Bible
The wise woman builds her house [on a foundation of godly precepts, and her household thrives], But the foolish one [who lacks spiritual insight] tears it down with her own hands [by ignoring godly principles].

Christian Standard Bible
Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

American Standard Version
Every wise woman buildeth her house; But the foolish plucketh it down with her own hands.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A wise woman builds a house and the foolish woman destroys it with her hands.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Wise women build houses: but a foolish one digs hers down with her hands.

Contemporary English Version
A woman's family is held together by her wisdom, but it can be destroyed by her foolishness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish will pull down with her hands that also which is built.

English Revised Version
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her own hands.

Good News Translation
Homes are made by the wisdom of women, but are destroyed by foolishness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The wisest of women builds up her home, but a stupid one tears it down with her own hands.

International Standard Version
Every wise woman builds up her household, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Every wise woman buildeth her house; But the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

Literal Standard Version
Every wise woman has built her house, And the foolish breaks it down with her hands.

NET Bible
Every wise woman builds her household, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

New Heart English Bible
Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

World English Bible
Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

Young's Literal Translation
Every wise woman hath builded her house, And the foolish with her hands breaketh it down.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Wise Woman
1Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands. 2He who walks in uprightness fears the LORD, but the one who is devious in his ways despises Him.…

Cross References
Ruth 4:11
"We are witnesses," said the elders and all the people at the gate. "May the LORD make the woman entering your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you be prosperous in Ephrathah and famous in Bethlehem.

Proverbs 24:3
By wisdom a house is built and by understanding it is established;

Proverbs 31:10
A wife of noble character, who can find? She is far more precious than rubies.


Treasury of Scripture

Every wise woman builds her house: but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.

the foolish

Proverbs 9:13-15
A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing…

Proverbs 19:13
A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

Proverbs 21:9,19
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house…









XIV

(1) Every wise woman buildeth her house.--This should be rendered, "The wisdom (literally, wisdoms; see above on Proverbs 1:20; chokhmoth should probably be read here, as there, not chokhmoth) of women buildeth (for each) her house, but (their) folly plucketh it down," &c.

Buildeth her house.--Each person and each good work throughout the household grows, as it were, under her fostering hand. (Comp. Ephesians 2:21.)

Verse 1. - Every wise woman buildeth her house. Wise women order well their household matters and their families; they have an important influence, and exercise it beneficially.

Γυναικὸς ἐσθλῆς ἐστὶ σώζειν οἰκίαν.

"A good wife is the saving of a house." The versions render as above. A different pointing of the word translated "wise" (chakhmoth) will give "wisdom" (chokhmoth), which it seems best to read here, as the parallel to the abstract term "folly" in the second member. So we have, "Wisdom hath builded her house" (Proverbs 9:1; comp. Proverbs 1:20). Thus: "The wisdom of women buildeth their house" (Proverbs 12:4; Proverbs 24:3). But the foolish plucketh it down with her hands; "but Folly plucketh it down with her own hands;" of course, the folly of women is intended.

Γυνὴ γὰρ οἴκῳ πῆμα καὶ σωτηρία . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Every wise
חַכְמ֣וֹת (ḥaḵ·mō·wṯ)
Adjective - feminine plural construct
Strong's 2454: Wisdom, every wise woman

woman
נָ֭שִׁים (nā·šîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 802: Woman, wife, female

builds
בָּנְתָ֣ה (bā·nə·ṯāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1129: To build

her house,
בֵיתָ֑הּ (ḇê·ṯāh)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 1004: A house

but a foolish one
וְ֝אִוֶּ֗לֶת (wə·’iw·we·leṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 200: Silliness

tears it down
תֶהֶרְסֶֽנּוּ׃ (ṯe·her·sen·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2040: To pull down, in pieces, break, & destroy

with her own hands.
בְּיָדֶ֥יהָ (bə·yā·ḏe·hā)
Preposition-b | Noun - fdc | third person feminine singular
Strong's 3027: A hand


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