Proverbs 31:13
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English Standard Version
She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.

King James Bible
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

American Standard Version
She seeketh wool and flax, And worketh willingly with her hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
She hath sought wool and flax, and hath wrought by the counsel of her hands.

English Revised Version
She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

Webster's Bible Translation
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

6 Give strong drink to him that is perishing,

   And wine to those whose soul is in bitter woe;

7 Let him drink and forget his poverty,

   And let him think of his misery no more.

The preparation of a potion for malefactors who were condemned to death was, on the ground of these words of the proverb, cared for by noble women in Jerusalem (נשׁים יקרות שׁבירושׁלים), Sanhedrin 43a; Jesus rejected it, because He wished, without becoming insensible to His sorrow, to pass away from the earthly life freely and in full consciousness, Mark 15:23. The transition from the plur. to the sing. of the subject is in Proverbs 31:7 less violent than in Proverbs 31:5, since in Proverbs 31:6 singular and plur. already interchange. We write תּנוּ־שׁכר with the counter-tone Metheg and Mercha. אובד designates, as at Job 29:13; Job 31:19, one who goes to meet destruction: it combines the present signification interiens, the fut. signif. interiturus, and the perf. perditus (hopelessly lost). מרי נפשׁ (those whose minds are filled with sorrow) is also supported from the Book of Job; Job 3:20, cf. Proverbs 21:25, the language and thought and mode of writing of which notably rests on the Proverbs of Agur and Lemuel (vid., Mhlau, pp. 64-66). The Venet. τοῖς πικροῖς (not ψυξροῖς) τὴν ψυχήν. רישׁ (poverty) is not, however, found there, but only in the Book of Proverbs, in which this word-stem is more at home than elsewhere. Wine rejoices the heart of man, Psalm 104:15, and at the same time raises it for the time above oppression and want, and out of anxious sorrow, wherefore it is soonest granted to them, and in sympathizing love ought to be presented to them by whom this its beneficent influence is to be wished for. The ruined man forgets his poverty, the deeply perplexed his burden of sorrow; the king, on the contrary, is in danger from this cause of forgetting what the law required at his hands, viz., in relation to those who need help, to whom especially his duty as a ruler refers.

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Genesis 18:6-8 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it...

Genesis 24:13,14,18-20 Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water...

Genesis 29:9,10 And while he yet spoke with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she kept them...

Exodus 2:16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.

Ruth 2:2,3,23 And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace...

Isaiah 3:16-24 Moreover the LORD said, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes...

Isaiah 32:9-11 Rise up, you women that are at ease; hear my voice, you careless daughters; give ear to my speech...

Acts 9:39,40 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping...

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

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat...

1 Timothy 5:10,14 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet...

Titus 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Cross References
Proverbs 31:12
She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.

Proverbs 31:14
She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.

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