English Standard Version
A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches.
King James Bible
A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
American Standard Version
A gracious woman obtaineth honor; And violent men obtain riches.
A gracious woman shall find glory: and the strong shall have riches.
English Revised Version
A gracious woman retaineth honour: and violent men retain riches.
Webster's Bible Translation
A gracious woman retaineth honor: and strong men retain riches.
Proverbs 11:16 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
Three proverbs follow relating to the nature of city and national life, and between them two against mockery and backbiting:
10 In the prosperity of the righteous the city rejoiceth;
And if the wicked come to ruin, there is jubilation.
The בּ of בּטוּב denotes the ground but not the object, as elsewhere, but the cause of the rejoicing, like the ב 10b, and in the similar proverb, Proverbs 29:2, cf. Proverbs 28:12. If it goes well with the righteous, the city has cause for joy, because it is for the advantage of the community; and if the wicked (godless) come to an end, then there is jubilation (substantival clause for תּרן), for although they are honoured in their lifetime, yet men breathe freer when the city is delivered from the tyranny and oppression which they exercised, and from the evil example which they gave. Such proverbs, in which the city (civitas) represents the state, the πόλις the πολιτεία, may, as Ewald thinks, be of earlier date than the days of an Asa or Jehoshaphat; for "from the days of Moses and Joshua to the days of David and Solomon, Israel was a great nation, divided indeed into many branches and sections, but bound together by covenant, whose life did not at all revolve around one great city alone." We value such critical judgments according to great historical points of view, but confess not to understand why קריה must just be the chief city and may not be any city, and how on the whole a language which had not as yet framed the conception of the state (post-bibl. מדינה), when it would described the community individually and as a whole, could speak otherwise than of city and people.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
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