Proverbs 31:14
New International Version
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

New Living Translation
She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar.

English Standard Version
She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.

Berean Study Bible
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.

King James Bible
She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

New King James Version
She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar.

New American Standard Bible
She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar.

NASB 1995
She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar.

NASB 1977
She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar.

Amplified Bible
She is like the merchant ships [abounding with treasure]; She brings her [household’s] food from far away.

Christian Standard Bible
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from far away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from far away.

American Standard Version
She is like the merchant-ships; She bringeth her bread from afar.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
She has been like a merchant's ship that brings its merchandise from far away.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
She is like a ship trading from a distance: so she procures her livelihood.

Contemporary English Version
She is like a sailing ship that brings food from across the sea.

Douay-Rheims Bible
She is like the merchant's ship, she bringeth her bread from afar.

English Revised Version
She is like the merchant-ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

Good News Translation
She brings home food from out-of-the-way places, as merchant ships do.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She is like merchant ships. She brings her food from far away.

International Standard Version
She is like a seagoing ship that brings her food from far away.

JPS Tanakh 1917
She is like the merchant-ships; She bringeth her food from afar.

Literal Standard Version
She has been as ships of the merchant, "" She brings in her bread from afar.

NET Bible
She is like the merchant ships; she brings her food from afar.

New Heart English Bible
She is like the merchant ships. She brings her bread from afar.

World English Bible
She is like the merchant ships. She brings her bread from afar.

Young's Literal Translation
She hath been as ships of the merchant, From afar she bringeth in her bread.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Virtues of a Noble Woman
13She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. 14She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. 15She rises while it is still night to provide food for her household and portions for her maidservants.…

Cross References
Proverbs 31:13
She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

Ezekiel 27:25
The ships of Tarshish carried your merchandise. And you were filled with heavy cargo in the heart of the sea.


Treasury of Scripture

She is like the merchants' ships; she brings her food from afar.

Proverbs 31:24
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

1 Kings 9:26-28
And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Eziongeber, which is beside Eloth, on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom…

2 Chronicles 9:10
And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones.









(14) She bringeth her food from afar.--Looks for opportunities of buying cheaply at a distance from home, instead of paying a larger price on the spot.

Verse 14. - HE. She is like the merchants' ships. She is like them in that she extends her operations beyond her own immediate neighbourhood, and bringeth her food from afar, buying in the best markets and on advantageous terms, without regard to distance, and being always on the look out to make honest profit. Septuagint, "She is like a ship trading from a distance, and she herself gathereth her livelihood." The expressions in the text point to active commercial operations by sea as well as land, such as we know to have been undertaken by Solomon, Jehoshaphat, and others (1 Kings 9:26; 1 Kings 22:48), and such as the Hebrews must have noticed in the Phoenician cities, Sidon and Tyre.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
She is
הָ֭יְתָה (hā·yə·ṯāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

like the merchant
סוֹחֵ֑ר (sō·w·ḥêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 5503: To go around or about, travel about

ships,
כָּאֳנִיּ֣וֹת (kā·’o·nî·yō·wṯ)
Preposition-k | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 591: A ship

bringing
תָּבִ֥יא (tā·ḇî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

her food
לַחְמָֽהּ׃ (laḥ·māh)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 3899: Food, bread, grain

from afar.
מִ֝מֶּרְחָ֗ק (mim·mer·ḥāq)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4801: Remoteness, a distant place, from afar


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