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The Virtuous Woman as Spoken by the Wisest King

The Virtuous Woman as Spoken by the Wisest King

“An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.”
- Proverbs 12:4 New American Standard Bible (©1995)

“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband, but a wife who puts him to shame is like bone cancer.”
- Proverbs 12:4 International Standard Version (©2012)

“A diligent woman is a crown to her husband: and she that doth things worthy of confusion, is a rottenness in his bones.”
- Proverbs 12:4 Douay-Rheims Bible

Pulpit Commentary:

Such a wife poisons her husband’s life, deprives him of strength and vigour; though she is made “bone of his bones, and flesh of his flesh” (Genesis 2:23), far from being a helpmate for him, she saps his very existence. Septuagint, “As a worm in a tree, so an evil woman destroyeth a man.” Here again Siracides has much to say, “A wicked woman abateth the courage, maketh an heavy countenance and a wounded heart: a woman that will not comfort her husband in distress maketh weak hands and feeble knees” (Ecclus. 25:23).

Thus runs a Spanish maxim (Kelly, ‘Proverbs of All Nations’) -

“Him that has a good wife no evil in life
that may not be borne can befall;
Him that has a bad wife no good thing in life
that chance to, that good you may call.”

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”
- Proverbs 31:10 King James Version

“Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.”
- Proverbs 31:11 New Living Translation (©2007)

“Her husband has full confidence in her; as a result, he lacks nothing of value.”
- Proverbs 31:11 International Standard Version (©2012)

“She rewards him with good, not evil, all the days of her life.”
- Proverbs 31:12 Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)

“She will bring good to him—never evil— every day of her life.”
- Proverbs 31:12 International Standard Version (©2012)

She helps him and never harms him all the days of her life.
- Proverbs 31:12 GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible:

She will do him good, and not evil… Or, repay good unto him, give him thanks for all the good things bestowed by him on her; will seek his interest, and promote his honour and glory to the uttermost; all the good works she does, which she is qualified for, and ready to perform, are all done in his name and strength, and with a view to his glory; nor will she do any evil willingly and knowingly against him, against his truths and ordinances; or that is detrimental to his honour, and prejudicial to his interest

“Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.”
- Proverbs 31:33 King James Version

“Her husband is well known; he sits among the leaders of the land.”
- Proverbs 31:33 International Standard Version (©2012)

“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
- Proverbs 31:29 New International Version (©2011)

“Many women are capable, but you surpass them all!”
- Proverbs 31:29 Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)

“Many women have done wonderful things,” he says, “but you surpass all of them!”
- Proverbs 31:29 International Standard Version (©2012)

“While I was still searching but not finding– I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all.”
- Ecclesiastes 7:28 New International Version (©2011)

“Though I have searched repeatedly, I have not found what I was looking for. Only one out of a thousand men is virtuous, but not one woman!”
- Ecclesiastes 7:28 New Living Translation (©2007)

“Which my soul continually searches for but does not find: among a thousand people I have found one true man, but among all these I have not found a true woman.”
- Ecclesiastes 7:28 Holman Christian Standard Bible (©2009)

“Among the things I seek but have not found: one man among a thousand I did find, but I have not found one woman to be wise among all these.”
- Ecclesiastes 7:28 International Standard Version (©2012)

Pulpit Commentary:

He found only one man among a thousand that reached his standard of excellence – the ideal that he had formed for himself, who could be rightly called by the noble name of man.

Not one woman in a thousand who was what a woman ought to be. Says the Son of Sirach, “All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman; let the portion of a sinner fall upon her” (Ecclus. 25:19). So the Greek gnome -

“The sea, fire, and woman are three evils.”
- Greek Saying

“There is no thing wickeder than a woman of evil temper.”
- English Saying

Solomon had a thousand wives and concubines, and his experience might well have been that mentioned in this passage.