By GL Jones
A comparison of the King James and the New Life Translation Versions of Proverbs 31.
The Portrait of a Virtuous Woman (Proverbs 31: 10-20) KJV:
10- Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11- The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12- She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13- She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14- She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15- She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16- She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17- She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18- She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19- She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20- She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
A Noble Wife (Proverbs 31: 10-20) NLT:
10- Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?She is more precious than rubies.
11- Her husband can trust her,and she will greatly enrich his life.
12- She brings him good, not harm,all the days of her life.
13- She finds wool and flaxand busily spins it.
14- She is like a merchant’s ship,bringing her food from afar.
15- She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her householdand plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16- She goes to inspect a field and buys it;with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17- She is energetic and strong,a hard worker.
18- She makes sure her dealings are profitable;her lamp burns late into the night.
19- Her hands are busy spinning thread,her fingers twisting fiber.
20- She extends a helping hand to the poorand opens her arms to the needy.