If she buy any thing for her household, she sells sufficient of her own manufactures to pay for it; if she imports, she exports: and she sends articles of her own manufacturing or produce to distant countries; she traffics with the neighboring tribes. And her complete management of household affairs gives him full leisure to devote himself to the civil interests of the community. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password.
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Give not thy strength - Do not waste thy substance on women.
13. It at once points the lesson from the whole picture for King Lemuel, and unveils the root of the excellences described. She is wise and intelligent; she has not neglected the cultivation of her mind. He is an elder among his people, and he sits as a magistrate in the gate. She does not restrict herself to the bare necessaries of life; she is able to procure some of its comforts. How kings should administer justice, Proverbs 31:8, Proverbs 31:9. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
She is watchful and careful. From this and some other circumstances it is probable that both these chapters were written by the same author. Probably this eminent Jewish matron had such articles manufactured in her own house. And all her labor is a cheerful service; her will, her heart, is in it.
This is the second part of her character, giving the particulars of which it is composed. "But a woman that feareth the Lord," that possesses true religion, has that grace that harmonizes the soul, that purifies and refines all the tempers and passions, and that ornament of beauty, a meek and quiet mind, which in the sight of God is of great price: -. My old MS. Bible has, Sandel sche made and sold, and a litil girdil sche toke to Chanane. Many daughters have done virtuously - This is undoubtedly the speech of the husband, giving testimony to the excellence of his wife: "Her husband also, and he praiseth her, saying, 'many daughters,' women, 'have done virtuously,' with due propriety as wives, mistresses, and mothers; 'but Thou,' my incomparable wife, 'excellent them all;' כלנה על עלית ואת veath alith al cullanah, but Thou hast ascended above the whole of them - thou hast carried every duty, every virtue, and every qualification and excellency, to a higher perfection, than any of whom we have ever read or heard." - A child born after vows made for offsprings is called the child of a person's vows. 3.
She plants a vineyard, that she may have wine for a beverage, for medicine, and for sacrifice.
She is here remarkable for carrying on a traffic of splendid and ornamental dresses, or habits, as she is, Proverbs 31:13, for "a coarser manufacture," The סדון sidon is supposed to come from the Arabic; and to signify a kind of loose inner garment, shirt, chemise, or fine muslin covering. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor -. Her goods are in high repute, and she knows she can sell as much as she can make.
And let her own works praise her in the gates - Let what she has done be spoken of for a memorial of her; let her bright example be held forth in the most public places. 4. 1. She did not buy ready woven cloth: she procured the raw material, if wool, most probably from her own flocks; if flax, most probably from her own fields. - This and the following verses are acrostic, each beginning with a consecutive letter of the Hebrew alphabet: Proverbs 31:10, א aleph ; Proverbs 31:11, ב beth ; Proverbs 31:12, ג gimel ; and so on to the end of the chapter, the last verse of which has the letter ת tau . She is a loving wife, and feels for the respectability and honor of her husband. The words and prophecy of King Lemuel, and what his mother taught him, Proverbs 31:1, Proverbs 31:2. She can instruct them in religion, as well as she can teach them in their labor. 4. Give her of the fruit of her hands - This may be a prayer. If the general clothing be intended, scarlet cannot be the meaning, nor did our translators entirely rely on it; and therefore put double garments, the true meaning, in the margin, from which it cannot be too speedily transferred to the text.
2. But שנים shanim, from שנה shanah, to iterate, to double, signifies not only scarlet, so called from being twice or doubly dyed, but also double garments, not only the ordinary coat but the surtout or great-coat also, or a cloak to cover all. And let the reader seriously consider the above particulars, as specified under the different heads and subdivisions; and he will be probably of the same mind. She dealt also in girdles. For all her household are clothed with scarlet - Not scarlet, for the color can avail nothing in keeping off the cold; nor would it be a proper color for the bogs and dirt of winter. She seeketh wood and flax, and worketh willingly, etc. Her Christianity gave to her virtues and excellences a heightening, which the Jewish matron could not possess. Perhaps Coverdale has hit the sense as nearly as any other: "These are the wordes of Kynge Lemuel; and the lesson that his mother taughte him.
But if her husband and children alone are referred to, scarlet, which in the general meaning of the term, may be proper enough; as even in these countries of ours, scarlet, as being a lively bright color, is used in the winter dresses. 18.
In such intercourse the strength of body, soul and substance is destroyed. Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. She is invaluable; her price is far above rubies - no quantity of precious stones can be equal to her worth.
11. Her children are well bred; they rise up and pay due respect. Dr. Samuel Annesly, the wife of Samuel Wesley, sen., rector of Epworth in Lincolnshire, and mother of the late extraordinary brothers, John and Charles Wesley. Finding the new version too difficult to understand?
II. The son of my vows? 10-29. I have seen some of them nearly two feet in length.
Thus all the servants are settled: their food, work, and tasks appointed. ", What, my son? The spinning-wheel superseded them in these countries; but still they were in considerable use till spinning machinery superseded both them and the spinning-wheels in general. The Arabic gives a remarkable translation of this verse: "She maketh towels, (or tablecloths), and sells them to the inhabitants of Basra, (a city in Mesopotamia), and fine linens, and sells them to the Canaanites." It is not the effect of internal moral regulation; it is an outside, at which the inside murmurs; and which, because not ingenuous, is a burden to itself.
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