Proverbs 31:26
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English Standard Version
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

King James Bible
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

American Standard Version
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And the law of kindness is on her tongue.

Douay-Rheims Bible
She hath opened her mouth to wisdom, and the law of clemency is on her tongue.

English Revised Version
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

Webster's Bible Translation
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and on her tongue is the law of kindness.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

That which impels the housewife to this labour is not selfishness, not a narrow-hearted limitation of her care to the circle of what is her own, but love, which reaches out far beyond this circle:

20 כ She holdeth out her hand to the unfortunate,

        And stretcheth forth her hands to the needy.

With כּפּיה, 19b, is connected the idea of artistic skilfulness; with כּפּהּ, here that of offering for counsel (vid., at Isaiah 2:6); with sympathy and readiness to help, she presents herself to those who are oppressed by the misfortunes of life as if for an alliance, as if saying: place confidence in me, I shall do whatever I can - there thou hast my hand! Hitzig erroneously thinks of the open hand with a gift lying in it: this ought to be named, for כף in itself is nothing else than the half-opened hand. Also in 20b we are not to think of alms. Here Hitzig rightly: she stretches out to him both of her hands, that he might grasp them, both of them, or whichever he may. She does not throw to him merely a gift from a distance, but above all she gives to him to experience her warm sympathy (cf. Ezekiel 16:49). Here, as at 19a, שׁלחה is punctuated (with Dagesh) as Piel. The punctuation supposes that the author both times not unintentionally made use of the intensive form. This one verse (20) is complete in itself as a description of character; and the author has done well in choosing such strong expressions, for, without this sympathy with misery and poverty, she, so good and trustworthy and industrious, might indeed be pleasing to her husband, but not to God. One could almost wish that greater expansion had been given to this one feature in the picture.

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Proverbs 31:8,9 Open your mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction...

Judges 13:23 But his wife said to him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us...

1 Samuel 25:24-31 And fell at his feet, and said, On me, my lord, on me let this iniquity be: and let your handmaid, I pray you...

2 Samuel 20:16-22 Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, to Joab, Come near here, that I may speak with you...

2 Kings 22:15-20 And she said to them, Thus said the LORD God of Israel, Tell the man that sent you to me...

Esther 4:4 So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved...

Esther 5:8 If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my request...

Esther 7:3-6 Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it please the king...

Esther 8:3-6 And Esther spoke yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet...

Luke 1:38,42-56 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her...

Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him to them...

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying...

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

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Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Proverbs 25:15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaks the bone.

Genesis 24:18-20 And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hurried, and let down her pitcher on her hand, and gave him drink...

Songs 2:14 O my dove, that are in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see your countenance, let me hear your voice...

Songs 4:11 Your lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under your tongue...

Malachi 2:6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity...

Acts 6:15 And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

1 Peter 3:1,4,5,8,9 Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word...

Cross References
Proverbs 10:31
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

Proverbs 31:27
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

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