Proverbs 31:26
New International Version
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

New Living Translation
When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.

English Standard Version
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Berean Study Bible
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

New American Standard Bible
She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

New King James Version
She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

King James Bible
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

Christian Standard Bible
Her mouth speaks wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.

Contemporary English Version
Her words are sensible, and her advice is thoughtful.

Good News Translation
She speaks with a gentle wisdom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She opens her mouth with wisdom and loving instruction is on her tongue.

International Standard Version
She speaks wisely, teaching with gracious love.

NET Bible
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.

New Heart English Bible
She opens her mouth with wisdom. Faithful instruction is on her tongue.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
She has opened her mouth in wisdom and the law of compassion is upon her tongue.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"She speaks with wisdom, and on her tongue there is tender instruction.

JPS Tanakh 1917
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And the law of kindness is on her tongue.

New American Standard 1977
She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Pe She opened her mouth with wisdom, and the law of mercy is upon her tongue.

King James 2000 Bible
She opens her mouth with wisdom; and on her tongue is the law of kindness.

American King James Version
She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

American Standard Version
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And the law of kindness is on her tongue.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But she opens her mouth wisely, and according to law.

Douay-Rheims Bible
She hath opened her mouth to wisdom, and the law of clemency is on her tongue.

Darby Bible Translation
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and upon her tongue is the law of kindness.

English Revised Version
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

Webster's Bible Translation
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and on her tongue is the law of kindness.

World English Bible
She opens her mouth with wisdom. Faithful instruction is on her tongue.

Young's Literal Translation
Her mouth she hath opened in wisdom, And the law of kindness is on her tongue.
Study Bible
The Virtues of a Noble Woman
25Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the days to come. 26She opens her mouth with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.…
Cross References
Proverbs 10:31
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out.

Proverbs 31:27
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Treasury of Scripture

She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

openeth

Proverbs 31:8,9
Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction…

Judges 13:23
But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.

1 Samuel 25:24-31
And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid…

in her

Proverbs 12:18
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Proverbs 25:15
By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.







Lexicon
She opens
פָּתְחָ֣ה (pā·ṯə·ḥāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

her mouth
פִּ֭יהָ (pî·hā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

with wisdom,
בְחָכְמָ֑ה (ḇə·ḥā·ḵə·māh)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2451: Wisdom

and faithful
חֶ֝֗סֶד (ḥe·seḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2617: Kindness, piety, reproof, beauty

instruction
וְתֽוֹרַת־ (wə·ṯō·w·raṯ-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8451: Direction, instruction, law

is on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

her tongue.
לְשׁוֹנָֽהּ׃ (lə·šō·w·nāh)
Noun - common singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3956: The tongue
(26) She openeth her mouth with wisdom.--She is not a mere household drudge, with no thought beyond providing food and clothing for her family. She cares for their higher interests, and knows how to guide them with her wisdom.

In her tongue is the law of kindness.--Kindness is the law by which she regulates all her words.

Verse 26. - PE. She openeth her mouth with wisdom. She is not merely a good housewife, attending diligently to material interests; she guides her family with words of wisdom. When she speaks, it is not gossip, or slander, or idle talk, that she utters, but sentences of prudence and sound sense, such as may minister grace to the hearers. The Septuagint has this verse before ver. 25, and the first hemistich Again. after ver. 27. So in Lamentations 2, 3, 4, the pe and ayin vetoes change places. This is also the case in Psalm 37. In the former passage the LXX: renders, "She openeth her mouth heedfully and lawfully (προεχόντως καὶ ἐννόμως);" and in the other, "wisely and in accordance with law (σοφῶς καὶ νομοθέσμως)." In her tongue is the law of kindness (thorath chesed); i.e. her language to those around her is animated and regulated by love. As mistress of a family, she has to teach and direct her dependents, and she performs this duty with gracious kindness and ready sympathy. Septuagint, "She places order on her tongue." 31:10-31 This is the description of a virtuous woman of those days, but the general outlines equally suit every age and nation. She is very careful to recommend herself to her husband's esteem and affection, to know his mind, and is willing that he rule over her. 1. She can be trusted, and he will leave such a wife to manage for him. He is happy in her. And she makes it her constant business to do him good. 2. She is one that takes pains in her duties, and takes pleasure in them. She is careful to fill up time, that none be lost. She rises early. She applies herself to the business proper for her, to women's business. She does what she does, with all her power, and trifles not. 3. She makes what she does turn to good account by prudent management. Many undo themselves by buying, without considering whether they can afford it. She provides well for her house. She lays up for hereafter. 4. She looks well to the ways of her household, that she may oblige all to do their duty to God and one another, as well as to her. 5. She is intent upon giving as upon getting, and does it freely and cheerfully. 6. She is discreet and obliging; every word she says, shows she governs herself by the rules of wisdom. She not only takes prudent measures herself, but gives prudent advice to others. The law of love and kindness is written in the heart, and shows itself in the tongue. Her heart is full of another world, even when her hands are most busy about this world. 7. Above all, she fears the Lord. Beauty recommends none to God, nor is it any proof of wisdom and goodness, but it has deceived many a man who made his choice of a wife by it. But the fear of God reigning in the heart, is the beauty of the soul; it lasts for ever. 8. She has firmness to bear up under crosses and disappointments. She shall reflect with comfort when she comes to be old, that she was not idle or useless when young. She shall rejoice in a world to come. She is a great blessing to her relations. If the fruit be good, the tree must have our good word. But she leaves it to her own works to praise her. Every one ought to desire this honour that cometh from God; and according to this standard we all ought to regulate our judgments. This description let all women daily study, who desire to be truly beloved and respected, useful and honourable. This passage is to be applied to individuals, but may it not also be applied to the church of God, which is described as a virtuous spouse? God by his grace has formed from among sinful men a church of true believers, to possess all the excellences here described.
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