Proverbs 31:30
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New International Version
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

King James Bible
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Darby Bible Translation
Gracefulness is deceitful and beauty is vain; a woman [that] feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.

World English Bible
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised.

Young's Literal Translation
The grace is false, and the beauty is vain, A woman fearing Jehovah, she may boast herself.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain, etc. -

III. Here is the summing up of the character.

1. Favour, חן chen, grace of manner may be deceitful, many a fair appearance of this kind is put on, assumed for certain secular or more unworthy purposes; it is learned by painful drilling in polished seminaries, and, being the effect of mere physical discipline, it continues while the restraint lasts; but it is שקר sheker, a lie, a mere semblance, an outward varnish. It is not the effect of internal moral regulation; it is an outside, at which the inside murmurs; and which, because not ingenuous, is a burden to itself.

2. Beauty, היפי haiyophi, elegance of shape, symmetry of features, dignity of mien, and beauty of countenance, are all הבל hebel, vanity; sickness impairs them, suffering deranges them, and death destroys them.

3. "But a woman that feareth the Lord," that possesses true religion, has that grace that harmonizes the soul, that purifies and refines all the tempers and passions, and that ornament of beauty, a meek and quiet mind, which in the sight of God is of great price: -

She shall be praised - This is the lasting grace, the unfading beauty.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 6:25 Lust not after her beauty in your heart; neither let her take you with her eyelids.

Proverbs 11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.

2 Samuel 14:25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty...

Esther 1:11,12 To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to show the people and the princes her beauty...

Ezekiel 16:15 But you did trust in your own beauty, and played the harlot because of your renown...

James 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it wither the grass, and the flower thereof falls...

1 Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass wither, and the flower thereof falls away:

a woman

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the fraudulent mouth, do I hate.

Exodus 1:17-21 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive...

Psalm 147:11 The LORD takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Luke 1:6,46-50 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless...

1 Peter 3:4,5 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit...


Ecclesiastes 7:18 It is good that you should take hold of this; yes, also from this withdraw not your hand...

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter...

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness...

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire...

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit...

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
Psalm 112:1
Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands.

Proverbs 11:16
A kindhearted woman gains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.

Proverbs 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 31:29
"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

Proverbs 31:31
Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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