Proverbs 31:10
New International Version
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

New Living Translation
Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.

English Standard Version
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.

Berean Study Bible
Who can find a wife of noble character? She is far more precious than rubies.

New American Standard Bible
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.

King James Bible
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Christian Standard Bible
Who can find a wife of noble character? She is far more precious than jewels.

Contemporary English Version
A truly good wife is the most precious treasure a man can find!

Good News Translation
How hard it is to find a capable wife! She is worth far more than jewels!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who can find a capable wife? She is far more precious than jewels.

International Standard Version
Who can find a capable wife? Her value far exceeds the finest jewels.

NET Bible
Who can find a wife of noble character? For her value is far more than rubies.

New Heart English Bible
Who can find a worthy woman? For her price is far above rubies.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who finds a diligent woman? For she is precious beyond incomparable precious stones.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Who can find a wife with a strong character? She is worth far more than jewels.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A woman of valour who can find? For her price is far above rubies.

New American Standard 1977
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Aleph Who can find a valiant woman? for her price is far above precious stones.

King James 2000 Bible
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

American King James Version
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

American Standard Version
A worthy woman who can find? For her price is far above rubies.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Who shall find a virtuous woman? for such a one is more valuable than precious stones.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who shall find a valiant woman? far and from the uttermost coasts is the price of her.

Darby Bible Translation
Who can find a woman of worth? for her price is far above rubies.

English Revised Version
A virtuous woman who can find? for her price is far above rubies.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

World English Bible
Who can find a worthy woman? For her price is far above rubies.

Young's Literal Translation
A woman of worth who doth find? Yea, far above rubies is her price.
Study Bible
The Virtues of a Noble Woman
10Who can find a wife of noble character? She is far more precious than rubies. 11The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will lack nothing of value.…
Cross References
Ruth 3:11
And now do not be afraid, my daughter. I will do for you whatever you request, since all my fellow townspeople know that you are a woman of noble character.

1 Samuel 25:3
His name was Nabal, and his wife's name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband, a Calebite, was harsh and evil in his dealings.

Job 28:18
Coral and quartz are unworthy of mention; the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.

Proverbs 8:11
For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire compares with her.

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 14:1
Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.

Proverbs 18:22
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.

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

Proverbs 31:11
The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will lack nothing of value.

Treasury of Scripture

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

can

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

Proverbs 18:22
Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

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

her

Proverbs 3:15
She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

Proverbs 8:11
For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

Proverbs 20:15
There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.







Lexicon
Who
מִ֣י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

can find
יִמְצָ֑א (yim·ṣā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

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

of noble character?
חַ֭יִל (ḥa·yil)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2428: A force, an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength

She is far
וְרָחֹ֖ק (wə·rā·ḥōq)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7350: Remote, of place, time, precious

more precious
מִכְרָֽהּ׃ (miḵ·rāh)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4377: Merchandise, value

than rubies.
מִפְּנִינִ֣ים (mip·pə·nî·nîm)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6443: A pearl
APPENDIX (c).--THE PRAISE OF A GOOD WIFE. (Proverbs 31:10, sqq.)

This is written in the form of an acrostic, the twenty-two verses composing it each commencing with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This may have been done, as in the case of several of the psalms, which are of a didactic character (e.g., 25, 34, 37, 119), to render it more easy for committal to memory. By some writers the acrostic form has been supposed to argue a late date for the poem, but there is no evidence for this. One psalm, at all events, of which there seems no reason to doubt the Davidic authorship--the 9th--is cast in this form.

(10) Who can find a virtuous woman?--Various mystical interpretations of the person here implied have been held at different times. She has been supposed to signify the Law, the Church, the Holy Spirit.

Verses 10-31. - Part IX. THIRD APPENDIX TO THE SECOND COLLECTION. This section contains an ode in praise of the virtuous woman, derived from a different source from that of the words of Agur, and belonging to a different age (see Introduction). It is an acrostic; that is, each verse begins with one of the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, arranged in the usual order. We may compare this mashal with the alphabetical psalms, "Psalmi abcedarii," which are, more or less, of similar structure, but of which one only, the hundred and nineteenth, is so marked in the English versions. Other examples are Psalm 9, 10, 25, 34, 37, 111, 112, 145; also Lamentations 1, 2, and 3. One object of this artificial construction was to render the matter easier to commit to memory. The spiritual expositors see in this description of the virtuous woman a prophetic representation of the Church of Christ in her truth and purity and influence. Thus Bode: "Hic sapientissimus regum Salomon laudes sanctae Ecclesiae versibus paucis sed plenissima veritate depingit.... Cujus (carminis) ordine perfectissimo alphabeti typice innuitur, quam plenissime hic vel animae cujusque fidelis, vel totius sanctae Ecclesiae, quae ex omnibus electis animabus una perficitur Catholica, virtutes ac praemia describantur." Verse 10. - ALEPH. Who can find a virtuous woman? The expression, ishshah chayil, "woman of force," has occurred in ch. 12:4 (where see note). Mulierem fortem, St. Jerome terms her; γυναῖκα ἀνδρείαν is the rendering of the LXX., which places this section as the end of the whole Book of Proverbs. The expression combines the ideas of moral goodness and bodily vigour and activity. It is useless to try to fix the character upon any particular person. The representation is that of an ideal woman - the perfect housewife, the chaste helpmate of her husband, upright, God-fearing, economical, wise. See an anticipation of this character (Proverbs 18:22; Proverbs 19:14); and a very different view (Ecclesiastes 7:26). It is very remarkable to meet with such a delineation of woman in the East, where the female generally occupies a most degraded position, and is cut off from all sphere of activity and administration. To paint such a portrait needed inspiration of some sort. Such a one is hard to find. Her price is far above rubies; or, pearls (see on Proverbs 20:15 and Proverbs 3:15). Septuagint, "Such a one is more valuable than precious stones." There may be allusion to the custom of giving treasure in exchange for a wife, purchasing her, as it were, from her friends (comp. Hosea 3:2). At any rate, few only are privileged to meet with this excellent wife, and her worth cannot be estimated by any material object, however costly. St. Jerome, with a slight difference in the reading, has, Procul, et de ultimis finibus pretium ejus. You may go to the ends of the earth to find her equal in value. 31:10-31 This is the description of a virtuous woman of those days, but the general outlines equally suit every age and nation. She is very careful to recommend herself to her husband's esteem and affection, to know his mind, and is willing that he rule over her. 1. She can be trusted, and he will leave such a wife to manage for him. He is happy in her. And she makes it her constant business to do him good. 2. She is one that takes pains in her duties, and takes pleasure in them. She is careful to fill up time, that none be lost. She rises early. She applies herself to the business proper for her, to women's business. She does what she does, with all her power, and trifles not. 3. She makes what she does turn to good account by prudent management. Many undo themselves by buying, without considering whether they can afford it. She provides well for her house. She lays up for hereafter. 4. She looks well to the ways of her household, that she may oblige all to do their duty to God and one another, as well as to her. 5. She is intent upon giving as upon getting, and does it freely and cheerfully. 6. She is discreet and obliging; every word she says, shows she governs herself by the rules of wisdom. She not only takes prudent measures herself, but gives prudent advice to others. The law of love and kindness is written in the heart, and shows itself in the tongue. Her heart is full of another world, even when her hands are most busy about this world. 7. Above all, she fears the Lord. Beauty recommends none to God, nor is it any proof of wisdom and goodness, but it has deceived many a man who made his choice of a wife by it. But the fear of God reigning in the heart, is the beauty of the soul; it lasts for ever. 8. She has firmness to bear up under crosses and disappointments. She shall reflect with comfort when she comes to be old, that she was not idle or useless when young. She shall rejoice in a world to come. She is a great blessing to her relations. If the fruit be good, the tree must have our good word. But she leaves it to her own works to praise her. Every one ought to desire this honour that cometh from God; and according to this standard we all ought to regulate our judgments. This description let all women daily study, who desire to be truly beloved and respected, useful and honourable. This passage is to be applied to individuals, but may it not also be applied to the church of God, which is described as a virtuous spouse? God by his grace has formed from among sinful men a church of true believers, to possess all the excellences here described.
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