Parallel Verses

Lexham Expanded Bible

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

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.

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 will suffer trouble when he loans to a stranger, but he who refuses a pledge is safe. 16 A woman of grace receives honor, but the ruthless gets wealth. 17 A person of kindness rewards himself, but a cruel [person] harms his own flesh.

Cross References

Proverbs 31:30-31

Charm [is] deceit and beauty [is] vain; [but] a woman who fears Yahweh shall be praised.

1 Samuel 25:32-33

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

2 Samuel 20:16-22

Then a wise woman from the city called out, "Listen, listen! Please speak to Joab [to] come near here so that I may speak to you."

Esther 9:25

But when it came {to the attention of} the king, he {gave orders in writing} [that] his evil plot that he had devised against the Jews should return on his head, and they hung him and his sons on the gallows.

Matthew 26:13

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

Luke 8:3

and Joanna the wife of Chuza (Herod's household manager), and Susanna, and many others who were helping to support them from their possessions.

Luke 10:42

But few [things] are necessary, or [only] one [thing], for Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."

Luke 11:21-22

When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his possessions are {safe}.

Luke 21:2-4

and he saw a certain poor widow putting in there two small copper coins.

Acts 9:39

So Peter got up [and] accompanied them. [When he] arrived, they brought [him] up to the upstairs room, and all the widows came to him, weeping and showing [him] tunics and [other] clothing that Dorcas used to make [while she] was with them.

Acts 16:14-15

And a certain woman {named} Lydia from the city of Thyatira, a merchant dealing in purple cloth who showed reverence for God, was listening. The Lord opened {her} heart to pay attention to what was being said by Paul.

Romans 16:2-4

in order that you may welcome her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever task she may have need from you, for she herself also has been a helper of many, even me myself.

Romans 16:6

Greet Mary, who {has worked hard} for you.

2 John 1:1

The elder, to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth--and not I alone, but also all those who know the truth--

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