Proverbs 31:30

“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Fauour is deceitfull, and beautie is vaine: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shalbe praised.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, {But} a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; `But' a woman that feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Fair looks are a deceit, and a beautiful form is of no value; but a woman who has the fear of the Lord is to be praised.
- Basic English Bible

Gracefulness is deceitful and beauty is vain; a woman [that] feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.
- Darby Bible

Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
- Webster's Bible

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised.
- World English Bible

The grace [is] false, and the beauty [is] vain, A woman fearing Jehovah, she may boast herself.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 31:30


31:30 Favour - Comeliness, which commonly gives women favour with those who behold them. Deceitful - It gives a false representation of the person, being often a cover to a deformed soul; it does not give a man that satisfaction, which at first he promised to himself from it; and it is soon lost, not only by death, but by many diseases and contingencies.


Discussion for Proverbs 31

  • Kimberly Armstrong
    Proverbs 31:10 The Women I want to be .
  • Guy
    Says it all !!
  • Barbara H. Horter
    I am 75 now, a young 75 full of the joy of all that God has provided and that joy arms me for all that comes now in the person of a very ill adult daughter who needs me physically and emotionally. I have been widowed twice and have a family of ten adult children, 23 grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren....my most comforting thought is that no matter what, God provides peace!
  • Gregory
    Guidelines for a GODLY WIFE
  • Marie
    Whenever I am feeling guilty about leaving an abusive man after several decades' of marriage (his last alcohol-fueled rage sealed the deal) and I read this Proverb, I am comforted. Despite my flaws, I was those things, I did those things for my ex husband. And I am comforted. My children love me. He is with his other woman. I am recovering health day by day. Praise God.
  • Carolyn
    Reading this chapter speaks the words of the woman i pray the Holy Spirit will create in me. I thank God for His word.