Proverbs 18:22
New International Version
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.

New Living Translation
The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD.

English Standard Version
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.

Berean Study Bible
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.

King James Bible
Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

New King James Version
He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the LORD.

NASB 1995
He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the LORD.

NASB 1977
He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD.

Amplified Bible
He who finds a [true and faithful] wife finds a good thing And obtains favor and approval from the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.

American Standard Version
Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, And obtaineth favor of Jehovah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He that finds a good wife finds a good thing, and receives the will of LORD JEHOVAH, and he that puts away a good wife puts away good from his house.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that has found a good wife has found favours, and has received gladness from God. He that puts away a good wife, puts away a good thing, and he that keeps an adulteress is foolish and ungodly.

Contemporary English Version
A man's greatest treasure is his wife--she is a gift from the LORD.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that hath found a good wife, hath found a good thing, and shall receive a pleasure from the Lord. He that driveth away a good wife, driveth away a good thing: but he that keepeth an adulteress, is foolish and wicked.

English Revised Version
Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

Good News Translation
Find a wife and you find a good thing; it shows that the LORD is good to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever finds a wife finds something good and has obtained favor from the LORD.

International Standard Version
Whoever finds a wife finds what is good, and receives favor from the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whoso findeth a wife findeth a great good, And obtaineth favour of the LORD.

Literal Standard Version
[Whoever] has found a wife has found good, And brings out goodwill from YHWH.

NET Bible
The one who finds a wife finds what is enjoyable, and receives a pleasurable gift from the LORD.

New Heart English Bible
Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the LORD.

World English Bible
Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso hath found a wife hath found good, And bringeth out good-will from Jehovah.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
21Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. 22He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD. 23The poor man pleads for mercy, but the rich man answers harshly.…

Cross References
Genesis 2:18
The LORD God also said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make for him a suitable helper."

Proverbs 8:35
For whoever finds me finds life and obtains the favor of the LORD.

Proverbs 12:4
A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but she who causes shame is like decay in his bones.

Proverbs 19:14
Houses and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the LORD.

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


Treasury of Scripture

Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the LORD.

findeth a wife

Proverbs 5:15
Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

Proverbs 12:4
A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 19:14
House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.

and

Proverbs 3:4
So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 8:35
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.









(22) Whoso findeth a wife . . .--One who deserves the name of wife, as the one described in Proverbs 31:10, sqq.

Verse 22. - Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing. A good wife is meant (as the Septuagint has it, γυναῖκα ἀγαθήν; mulierem bonam, Vulgate), a virtuous, prudent helpmate, as in Proverbs 12:4; Proverbs 19:14; and 31. The epithet is omitted, because the moralist is thinking of the ideal wife, the one whoso union is blessed, who alone deserves the holy name of wife. Thus in ver. 4 we had the ideal man spoken cf. Septuagint, εϋρε χάριτας," findeth graces," viz. peace, union, plenty, ruder (see a different view, Ecclesiastes 7:26-28). And obtaineth favour of the Lord (Proverbs 8:35; Proverbs 12:2); or, hath obtained (Proverbs 3:13), as shown by the consort whom God has given him. Ratson, "good will," "favour," is rendered by the Septuagint ἱλαρότητα, and by the Vulgate, jucunditatem, "cheerfulness," "joyousness" (see on Proverbs 19:12). Ecclus. 26:1, etc., "Blessed is the man that hath a good wife, for the number of his days shall be double. A virtuous (ἀνδρεία) woman rejoiceth her husband, and he shall fulfil the years of his life in peace. A good wife is a good portion which shall be given in the portion of them that fear the Lord." "A good wife," says the Talmud. "is a good gift; she shall be given to a man that feareth God." And again, "God did not make woman from man's head, that she should not rule over him; nor from his feet, that she should not be his slave; but from his side, that she should be near his heart" (Dukes, p. 69). A Greek gnome runs -

Γυνή δικαζα τοῦ βίου σωτηρία The Septuagint and Vulgate here introduce a paragraph which is not in the Hebrew, and only partly in the Syriac. It seems to be a further explanation of the statement in the text, founded on the practice prevalent at the time when the Septuagint Version was composed, which appears to have made divorce a recognized necessity in the case of adultery: "He who casteth away a good a wife casteth away good things; but he who retaineth an adulteress is a fool and impious." The advice of Siracides concerning a wicked wife is austere: "If she go not as thou wouldest have her, cut her off from thy flesh" (Ecclus. 25:26). Nothing is here said about the marriage of divorced persons; but the absolute indissolubility of the marriage bond was never held among the Jews, a certain laxity being allowed because of the hardness of their heart (Matthew 5:32; Matthew 19:8, etc.). The original intently of the marriage contract was re-established by Christ.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He who finds
מָצָ֣א (mā·ṣā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

a wife
אִ֭שָּׁה (’iš·šāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 802: Woman, wife, female

finds
מָ֣צָא (mā·ṣā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

a good thing
ט֑וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

and obtains
וַיָּ֥פֶק (way·yā·p̄eq)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6329: To issue, furnish, to secure, to succeed

favor
רָ֝צ֗וֹן (rā·ṣō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7522: Goodwill, favor, acceptance, will

from the LORD.
מֵיְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Preposition-m | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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