Proverbs 31:17
New International Version
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

New Living Translation
She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.

English Standard Version
She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.

Berean Study Bible
She girds herself with strength and shows that her arms are strong.

King James Bible
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

New King James Version
She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms.

New American Standard Bible
She surrounds her waist with strength And makes her arms strong.

NASB 1995
She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong.

NASB 1977
She girds herself with strength, And makes her arms strong.

Amplified Bible
She equips herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] And makes her arms strong.

Christian Standard Bible
She draws on her strength and reveals that her arms are strong.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She draws on her strength and reveals that her arms are strong.

American Standard Version
She girdeth her loins with strength, And maketh strong her arms.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
She has girt her waist with strength and has strengthened her arms.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
She strongly girds her loins, and strengthens her arms for work.

Contemporary English Version
and she always works hard.

Douay-Rheims Bible
She hath girded her loins with strength, and hath strengthened her arm.

English Revised Version
She girdeth her loins with strength, and maketh strong her arms.

Good News Translation
She is a hard worker, strong and industrious.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She puts on strength like a belt and goes to work with energy.

International Standard Version
She clothes herself with fortitude, and fortifies her arms with strength.

JPS Tanakh 1917
She girdeth her loins with strength, And maketh strong her arms.

Literal Standard Version
She has girded her loins with might, And strengthens her arms.

NET Bible
She begins her work vigorously, and she strengthens her arms.

New Heart English Bible
She girds her waist with strength, and makes her arms strong.

World English Bible
She arms her waist with strength, and makes her arms strong.

Young's Literal Translation
She hath girded with might her loins, And doth strengthen her arms.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Virtues of a Noble Woman
16She appraises a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17She girds herself with strength and shows that her arms are strong. 18She sees that her gain is good, and her lamp is not extinguished at night.…

Cross References
1 Kings 18:46
And the hand of the LORD came upon Elijah, and he tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

2 Kings 4:29
So Elisha said to Gehazi, "Tie up your garment, take my staff in your hand, and go! If you meet anyone, do not greet him, and if anyone greets you, do not answer him. Then lay my staff on the boy's face."

Job 38:3
Now brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall inform Me.

Proverbs 31:16
She appraises a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard.

Proverbs 31:18
She sees that her gain is good, and her lamp is not extinguished at night.


Treasury of Scripture

She girds her loins with strength, and strengthens her arms.

girdeth

1 Kings 18:46
And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

2 Kings 4:29
Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.

Job 38:3
Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

strengtheneth

Genesis 49:24
But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)

Isaiah 44:12
The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint.

Hosea 7:15
Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me.









Verse 17. - KHETH. She girdeth her loins with strength (ver. 25). This seems at first sight a strange assertion to make concerning one of the weaker sex; but the phrase is metaphorically expressive of the energy and force with which she prepares herself for her work. Strength and vigour are, as it were, the girdle which she binds round her waist to enable her to conduct her operations with case and freedom. So we have a similar metaphor boldly applied to God (Psalm 93:1): "The Lord reigneth, he is apparelled with majesty; the Lord is apparelled, he hath girded himself with strength" (cf. Job 38:3). Strengtheneth her arms. By daily exercise she makes her arms firm and strong, and capable of great and continued exertion.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
She girds herself
חָֽגְרָ֣ה (ḥā·ḡə·rāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 2296: To gird, gird on, gird oneself

with strength
בְע֣וֹז (ḇə·‘ō·wz)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5797: Strength, might

and shows that her arms
זְרֹעוֹתֶֽיהָ׃ (zə·rō·‘ō·w·ṯe·hā)
Noun - feminine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 2220: The arm, the foreleg, force

are strong.
וַ֝תְּאַמֵּ֗ץ (wat·tə·’am·mêṣ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 553: To be stout, strong, bold, alert


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