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Proverbs 31:18

    Proverbs 31:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    She perceives that her merchandise is good: her candle goes not out by night.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable: Her lamp goeth not out by night.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    She sees that her marketing is of profit to her: her light does not go out by night.

    Webster's Revision

    She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable: Her lamp goeth not out by night.

    World English Bible

    She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp doesn't go out by night.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable: her lamp goeth not out by night.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 31:18

    She perceiveth that her merchandise is good -

    8. She takes care to manufacture the best articles of the kind, and to lay on a reasonable price that she may secure a ready sale. Her goods are in high repute, and she knows she can sell as much as she can make. And she finds that while she pleases her customers, she increases her own profits.

    9. She is watchful and careful. Her candle - her lamp, burns all night, which is of great advantage in case of sudden alarms; and in the times and places where there were so many banditti, this was a very necessary family regulation. Perhaps some works were carried on during the night, those employed sleeping in the daytime. Thus labor never stood still; whilst some slept, others worked. This was no unusual thing in ancient times; and it prevails now; but alas! little children are often thus employed to help to support their indigent parents, and to fill the coffers of their unfeeling taskmasters.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 31:18

    31:18 Perceiveth - She finds great comfort in her labours. Her candle - Which is not to be taken strictly, but only signifies her unwearied care and industry.