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.

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

New King James Version
She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

New American Standard Bible
She watches over the activities of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

NASB 1995
She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

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

Amplified Bible
She looks well to how things go in her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
She [is] watching the ways of her household, And she does not eat bread of sloth.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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.









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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
She watches over
צ֭וֹפִיָּה (ṣō·w·p̄î·yāh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's 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 1979: A walking, a procession, march, a caravan

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

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

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

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

of idleness.
עַ֝צְל֗וּת (‘aṣ·lūṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6104: Sluggishness


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