Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

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

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

A gracious woman gains honor,
but violent men gain only riches.

International Standard Version

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

A Conservative Version

A gracious woman obtains honor, and aggressive men obtain riches.

American Standard Version

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


A gracious and good woman wins honor [for her husband], and violent men win riches but a woman who hates righteousness is a throne of dishonor for him.

Bible in Basic English

A woman who is full of grace is honoured, but a woman hating righteousness is a seat of shame: those hating work will undergo loss, but the strong keep their wealth.

Darby Translation

A gracious woman retaineth honour; and the violent retain riches.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

The gracious woman retains honour, and strong men retain riches.

Julia Smith Translation

A woman of grace will obtain honor, and the powerful will obtain riches.

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

A woman of grace receives honor, but the ruthless gets wealth.

Modern King James verseion

A gracious woman keeps honor, and the strong keep riches.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

A gracious woman maintaineth honesty; as for the mighty, they maintain riches.

NET Bible

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

New Heart English Bible

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

The Emphasized Bible

A gracious wife, obtaineth honour, but, the diligent, shall obtain wealth.


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

World English Bible

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

Youngs Literal Translation

A gracious woman retaineth honour, And terrible men retain riches.


Root Form
נשׁים אשּׁה 
Usage: 780

Usage: 21

כּבד כּבוד 
Usage: 200

and strong
Usage: 20

Usage: 21




Context Readings

Proverbs Of Solomon

15 He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it, But he who hates being a guarantor is secure. 16 A gracious woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches. 17 The merciful man does himself good, But the cruel man does himself harm.

Cross References

Proverbs 31:30-31

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

1 Samuel 25:32-33

Then David said to Abigail, "Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me,

2 Samuel 20:16-22

Then a wise woman called from the city, "Hear, hear! Please tell Joab, 'Come here that I may speak with you.'"

Esther 9:25

But when it came to the king's attention, he commanded by letter that his wicked scheme which he had devised against the Jews, should return on his own head and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.

Matthew 26:13

"Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her."

Luke 8:3

and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.

Luke 10:42

but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

Luke 11:21-22

"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed.

Luke 21:2-4

And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins.

Acts 9:39

So Peter arose and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the upper room; and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them.

Acts 16:14-15

A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.

Romans 16:2-4

that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well.

Romans 16:6

Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you.

2 John 1:1

The elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not only I, but also all who know the truth,

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