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

New Living Translation
A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth.

English Standard Version
A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches.

Berean Study Bible
A gracious woman attains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth.

King James Bible
A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.

New King James Version
A gracious woman retains honor, But ruthless men retain riches.

New American Standard Bible
A gracious woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches.

NASB 1995
A gracious woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches.

NASB 1977
A gracious woman attains honor, And violent men attain riches.

Amplified Bible
A gracious and good woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches [but not respect].

Christian Standard Bible
A gracious woman gains honor, but violent people gain only riches.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A gracious woman gains honor, but violent men gain only riches.

American Standard Version
A gracious woman obtaineth honor; And violent men obtain riches.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A loving woman upholds honor for the husband, but the woman who hates the truth is a throne of disgrace. Lazy men, even in their wealth, are needy, and strong men uphold knowledge.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A gracious wife brings glory to her husband: but a woman hating righteousness is a theme of dishonour. The slothful come to want: but the diligent support themselves with wealth.

Contemporary English Version
A gracious woman will be respected, but a ruthless man will only get rich.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A gracious woman shall find glory: and the strong shall have riches.

English Revised Version
A gracious woman retaineth honour: and violent men retain riches.

Good News Translation
A gracious woman is respected, but a woman without virtue is a disgrace. Lazy people will never have money, but aggressive people will get rich.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A gracious woman wins respect, but ruthless men gain riches.

International Standard Version
A gracious woman attains honor, but ruthless men attain wealth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A gracious woman obtaineth honour; And strong men obtain riches.

Literal Standard Version
A gracious woman retains honor, And terrible [men] retain riches.

NET Bible
A generous woman gains honor, and ruthless men seize wealth.

New Heart English Bible
A gracious woman obtains honor, but she who hates virtue makes a throne for dishonor. The slothful become destitute, and ruthless men grab wealth.

World English Bible
A gracious woman obtains honor, but violent men obtain riches.

Young's Literal Translation
A gracious woman retaineth honour, And terrible men retain riches.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Dishonest Scales
15He who puts up security for a stranger will surely suffer, but the one who hates indebtedness is secure. 16A gracious woman attains honor, but ruthless men gain only wealth. 17A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.…

Cross References
Proverbs 31:28
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband praises her as well:

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


Treasury of Scripture

A gracious woman retains honor: and strong men retain riches.

gracious

Proverbs 31:30,31
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised…

1 Samuel 25:32,33
And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: …

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

and

Luke 11:21,22
When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: …









(16) A gracious woman retaineth honour . . .--Each sex has its own power. A woman by her attractiveness wins and retains favour, a man by his strength and riches.

Verse 16. - A gracious woman; a woman full of grace. Septuagint, εὐχάριστος "agreeable," "charming." The author is thinking of personal attractions, which, he says, win favour; but we may apply his expression to moral exeellences also, which obtain higher recognition. Retaineth... retain; better, obtain...win, as in Proverbs 29:23. The two clauses are parallel in form, not in sense, and imply that beauty is more effective than strength, and honour is better than wealth. The Septuagint takes a narrow view: "A graceful woman bringeth glory to her husband." The last clause is rendered, "The manly (ἀνδρεῖοι) are supported by wealth." Between the two clauses the LXX. and the Syriac introduce the following paragraphs: "But a seat of dishonour is a woman that hateth righteousness. The indolent come to want wealth, but the manly," etc.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A gracious
חֵ֭ן (ḥên)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2580: Graciousness, subjective, objective

woman
אֵֽשֶׁת־ (’ê·šeṯ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 802: Woman, wife, female

attains
תִּתְמֹ֣ךְ (tiṯ·mōḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 8551: To sustain, to obtain, keep fast, to help, follow close

honor,
כָּב֑וֹד (kā·ḇō·wḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3519: Weight, splendor, copiousness

but violent
וְ֝עָרִיצִ֗ים (wə·‘ā·rî·ṣîm)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 6184: Awe-inspiring, terror-striking

men gain
יִתְמְכוּ־ (yiṯ·mə·ḵū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 8551: To sustain, to obtain, keep fast, to help, follow close

only wealth.
עֹֽשֶׁר׃ (‘ō·šer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6239: Wealth


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