Proverbs 31:13
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New International Version
She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

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

Darby Bible Translation
She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

World English Bible
She seeks wool and flax, and works eagerly with her hands.

Young's Literal Translation
She hath sought wool and flax, And with delight she worketh with her hands.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

She seeketh wood and flax, and worketh willingly, etc. -

II. This is the second part of her character, giving the particulars of which it is composed.

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.

2. Here she manufactured; for she worketh willingly with her hands. And all her labor is a cheerful service; her will, her heart, is in it.

It needs no arguments to prove that women, even of the highest ranks, among the Greeks, Romans, and Israelites, worked with their hands at every kind of occupation necessary for the support of the family. This kind of employment was not peculiar to the virtuous woman in the text.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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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.

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The Gospel Cordial
A Sermon (No. 3236) published on Thursday, February 9th, 1911 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. on Lord's Day Evening, September 20th, 1863. "Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more."--Proverbs 31:6, 7. These somewhat singular sentences were spoken by the mother of Lemuel to her son, who was probably Solomon. She had already said to him,
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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