Proverbs 11:16

“A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retaine riches.”

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Other Translations

A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong [men] retain riches.
- King James Version

A gracious woman attains honor, And ruthless men attain riches.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A gracious woman obtaineth honor; And violent men obtain riches.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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.
- Basic English Bible

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

A gracious woman retaineth honor: and strong men retain riches.
- Webster's Bible

A gracious woman obtains honor, but violent men obtain riches.
- World English Bible

A gracious woman retaineth honour, And terrible [men] retain riches.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A gracious woman obtaineth honour; and strong men obtain riches.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 11:16


11:16 Gracious woman - A woman endued with the grace of God. Retaineth - Or, holdeth fast her honour, or reputation.


Discussion for Proverbs 11

  • Patty Tozi
    Today take time to change your life, by doing something different. Give GOD THE GLORY FIRST. Then be there for someone who needs you. Then focus on yourself. What would relax you from all your problems? What would calm you enough that you and God would become one. What would calm your sole so that you could hear the sounds of His Creations. Walk among the silence of GOD. Listen intently to Him:
  • Patty Tozi
    Today take time to change your life, by doing something different. Give GOD THE GLORY FIRST. Then be there for someone who needs you. Then focus on yourself. What would relax you from all your problems? What would calm you enough that you and God would become one. What would calm your sole so that you could hear the sounds of His Creations. Walk among the silence of GOD. Listen intently to Him:
  • Rev. Quesenberry
    Verse 4; all the wealth in the world cannot help when Gods judgement comes. But righteousness delivers us from death. God gives live to the ones who live a holy life. Hebrews 12 says without holiness no person shall see God. In the Old Testament days the Holy Ghost did not live inside people. That came-at Pentacost. Folks would just live right or not by the law and sacrificial system.Jesus fixed.
  • Rhonda tubbs
    Love proverbs one of my favorite books , Awsome.
  • Rhode Island Pastor
    A thought in respect to Proverbs 11:30: He that winneth souls is wise.

    Satan is selfish and an adversary, and although his time is short, he tries to get as many souls to follow him and end in the lake of fire.

    We bible-believers, in contrast, ought to be UN-selfish, as ministers of reconciliation, knowing our time is short, ought to get as many souls to follow Jesus Christ. Opposite of Satan.
  • BSP
    Verse 20: Our actions can have a great impact on how God views us and we have the opportunity to bring pleasure to God.

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