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.

New American Standard Bible
The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish 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.

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

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

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish 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.

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.

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The wisest of women builds up her home, but a stupid 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.

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.

King James 2000 Bible
Every wise woman builds her house: but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.

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

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
The wisdom of women buildeth their house; but folly plucketh it down with her hands.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her 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.
Study Bible
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
Who can find a wife of noble character? 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…







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

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

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

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

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

tears it down
תֶהֶרְסֶֽנּוּ׃ (ṯe·her·sen·nū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 3027: A hand
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

"Bane or salvation to a house is woman." Foolish, unprincipled women, by their bad management or their evil doings, ruin their families materially and morally. "The husband should labour," says a Servian proverb; "the wife should save." 14:1 A woman who has no fear of God, who is wilful and wasteful, and indulges her ease, will as certainly ruin her family, as if she plucked her house down. 2. Here are grace and sin in their true colours. Those that despise God's precepts and promises, despise God and all his power and mercy. 3. Pride grows from that root of bitterness which is in the heart. The root must be plucked up, or we cannot conquer this branch. The prudent words of wise men get them out of difficulties. 4. There can be no advantage without something which, though of little moment, will affright the indolent. 5. A conscientious witness will not dare to represent anything otherwise than according to his knowledge. 6. A scorner treats Divine things with contempt. He that feels his ignorance and unworthiness will search the Scriptures in a humble spirit. 7. We discover a wicked man if there is no savour of piety in his discourse. 8. We are travellers, whose concern is, not to spy out wonders, but to get to their journey's end; to understand the rules we are to walk by, also the ends we are to walk toward. The bad man cheats himself, and goes on in his mistake. 9. Foolish and profane men consider sin a mere trifle, to be made light of rather than mourned over. Fools mock at the sin-offering; but those that make light of sin, make light of Christ. 10. We do not know what stings of conscience, or consuming passions, torment the prosperous sinner. Nor does the world know the peace of mind a serious Christian enjoys, even in poverty and sickness. 11. Sin ruins many great families; whilst righteousness often raises and strengthens even mean families. 12. The ways of carelessness, of worldliness, and of sensuality, seem right to those that walk in them; but self-deceivers prove self-destroyers. See the vanity of carnal mirth. 14. Of all sinners backsliders will have the most terror when they reflect on their own ways. 15. Eager readiness to believe what others say, has ever proved mischievous. The whole world was thus ruined at first. The man who is spiritually wise, depends on the Saviour alone for acceptance. He is watchful against the enemies of his salvation, by taking heed to God's word. 16. Holy fear guards against every thing unholy. 17. An angry man is to be pitied as well as blamed; but the revengeful is more hateful.
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