Proverbs 11:16

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retaine riches.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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 11:16

  • Susan Dalton for verse 16
    "A gracious woman retaineth honour..." (Proverbs 11:16)

    The word honour used in this verse means "weight" in the Hebrew language. It comes from a word that means "to be heavy."

    This is one time it is a compliment if someone says, "you've put on some weight." A heavy set woman is a glory to the Lord.

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