Proverbs 31:18
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New International Version
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.

King James Bible
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

Darby Bible Translation
She perceiveth that her earning is good; her lamp goeth not out by night.

World English Bible
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp doesn't go out by night.

Young's Literal Translation
She hath perceived when her merchandise is good, Her lamp is not extinguished in the night.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good -

8. She takes care to manufacture the best articles of the kind, and to lay on a reasonable price that she may secure a ready sale. Her goods are in high repute, and she knows she can sell as much as she can make. And she finds that while she pleases her customers, she increases her own profits.

9. She is watchful and careful. Her candle - her lamp, burns all night, which is of great advantage in case of sudden alarms; and in the times and places where there were so many banditti, this was a very necessary family regulation. Perhaps some works were carried on during the night, those employed sleeping in the daytime. Thus labor never stood still; whilst some slept, others worked. This was no unusual thing in ancient times; and it prevails now; but alas! little children are often thus employed to help to support their indigent parents, and to fill the coffers of their unfeeling taskmasters.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

perceiveth or tasteth her candle

Genesis 31:40 Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from my eyes.

Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he gives his beloved sleep.

Matthew 25:3-10 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them...

1 Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: for laboring night and day, because we would not be chargeable to any of you...

2 Thessalonians 3:7-9 For yourselves know how you ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you...

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
Job 14:21
If their children are honored, they do not know it; if their offspring are brought low, they do not see it.

Proverbs 31:17
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

Proverbs 31:19
In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

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