Proverbs 31:15
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New International Version
She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.

King James Bible
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

Darby Bible Translation
And she riseth while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and the day's work to her maidens.

World English Bible
She rises also while it is yet night, gives food to her household, and portions for her servant girls.

Young's Literal Translation
Yea, she riseth while yet night, And giveth food to her household, And a portion to her damsels.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

She riseth also while it is yet night -

4. She is an economist of time; and when the nights are long, and the days short, her family not only spend a part of the evening after sunset in domestic labor, but they all arise before daylight, and prepare the day's food, that they may not have their labor interrupted. To those who are going to the fields, and to the flocks, she gives the food necessary for the day: טרף teref, prey, a term taken from hunting, the object of which was, the supplying their natural wants: hence applied to daily food. See notes on Proverbs 30:8. And to the women who are to be employed within she gives חק chok, the task - the kind of work they are to do, the materials out of which they are to form it, and the quantity she expects from each. Thus all the servants are settled: their food, work, and tasks appointed. Every thing is done orderly.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Joshua 3:1 And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel...

2 Chronicles 36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending...

Psalm 119:147,148 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in your word...

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave...

Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

and giveth

Matthew 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.

Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household...

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

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

Cross References
Luke 12:42
The Lord answered, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?

Romans 12:11
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

Proverbs 20:13
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

Proverbs 31:16
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

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