15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.
16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in
the public squares? 17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with
strangers. 18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife
of your youth. 19 A loving doe, a graceful deer– may her breasts satisfy
you always, may you ever be captivated by her love. (NIV)
A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife
is like decay in his bones. (NIV)
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one
tears hers down. (NIV)
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
13 A foolish son is his father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like a
constant dripping. 14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but
a prudent wife is from the LORD. (NIV)
Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome
Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
15 A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day; 16 restraining
her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand. (NIV)
10 [c] A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than
rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She selects
wool and flax and works with eager hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar. 15 She gets up while it is still dark; she
provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. 16 She
considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out
at night. 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with
her fingers. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to
the needy. 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all
of them are clothed in scarlet. 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she
is clothed in fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is respected at the
city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 24 She
makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to
come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread
of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also,
and he praises her: 29 Many women do noble things, but you surpass them
all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who
fears the LORD is to be praised. 31 Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. (NIV)