Proverbs 31:27
New International Version
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

New Living Translation
She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.

English Standard Version
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Berean Study Bible
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

New American Standard Bible
She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

King James Bible
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Christian Standard Bible
She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.

Contemporary English Version
She takes good care of her family and is never lazy.

Good News Translation
She is always busy and looks after her family's needs.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.

International Standard Version
She looks discretely to the affairs of her household, and she is never lazy.

NET Bible
She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

New Heart English Bible
She looks well to the ways of her household, and doesn't eat the bread of idleness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The ways of her house are open and she has not eaten the bread of laziness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She keeps a close eye on the conduct of her family, and she does not eat the bread of idleness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness.

New American Standard 1977
She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Tzaddi She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat bread in idleness.

King James 2000 Bible
She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.

American King James Version
She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.

American Standard Version
She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The ways of her household are careful, and she eats not the bread of idleness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
She hath looked well to the paths of her house, and hath not eaten her bread idle.

Darby Bible Translation
She surveyeth the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

English Revised Version
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Webster's Bible Translation
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

World English Bible
She looks well to the ways of her household, and doesn't eat the bread of idleness.

Young's Literal Translation
She is watching the ways of her household, And bread of sloth she eateth not.
Study Bible
The Virtues of a Noble Woman
26She opens her mouth with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband praises her as well:…
Cross References
Proverbs 19:15
Laziness brings on deep sleep, and an idle soul will suffer hunger.

Proverbs 31:28
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband praises her as well:

Treasury of Scripture

She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 14:1
Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

1 Thessalonians 4:11
And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

2 Thessalonians 3:6
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.







Lexicon
She watches over
צ֭וֹפִיָּה (ṣō·w·p̄î·yāh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6822: To lean forward, to peer into the distance, to observe, await

the affairs
הֲלִיכ֣וֹת (hă·lî·ḵō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1979: A walking, a procession, march, a caravan

of her household
בֵּיתָ֑הּ (bê·ṯāh)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

and does not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

eat
תֹאכֵֽל׃ (ṯō·ḵêl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat

the bread
וְלֶ֥חֶם (wə·le·ḥem)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3899: Food, bread, grain

of idleness.
עַ֝צְל֗וּת (‘aṣ·lūṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6104: Sluggishness
Verse 27. - TSADE. She looketh well to the ways of her house; the actions and habits of the household. She exercises careful surveillance over all that goes on in the family. Eateth not the bread of idleness; but rather bread won by active labour and conscientious diligence. She is of the opinion of the apostle who said "that if any would not work, neither should he eat" (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Septuagint, "The ways of her house are confined (στεγναὶ διατριβαὶ οἴκων αὐτῆς), and she eats not idle bread." The first of these clauses may mean that the proceedings of her household, being confined to a narrow circle, are readily supervised. But the meaning is very doubtful; and Schleusner renders, "continuae conversationes in aedibus ejus." St. Gregory applies our verse to the conscience, thus: "She considers the ways of her house, because she accurately examines all the thoughts of her conscience. She eateth not her bread in idleness, because that which she learned out of Holy Scripture by her understanding, she places before the eyes of the Judge by exhibiting it in her works" ('Moral.,' 35:47). 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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