“She is clothed in strength and dignity”



This verse is part of the “vituous woman” proverb in which King Lemuel's mother describes qualities to be sought in a woman. In the New International Version (NIV) it says, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come”. An earlier verse describes her value as being greater than precious stones. Then a later verse descibes her as being clothed in strength and honor.

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“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”

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Proverbs 31:25 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Strength עֹז Strength in various applications (force, security, majesty, praise) Strength
and honour וְהָדָ֥ר Magnificence, i.e., ornament or splendor honour
are (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
her clothing; לְבוּשָׁ֑הּ A garment (literally or figuratively); by implication (euphemistically) a wife clothing
and she shall rejoice וַ֝תִּשְׂחַ֗ק To laugh (in pleasure or detraction); by implication, to play rejoice
in time לְי֣וֹם A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) time
to come. אַחֲרֽוֹן׃ Hinder; generally, late or last; specifically (as facing the east) western come

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  • 23  Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

  • 24  She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

  • 25  Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

  • 26  She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

  • 27  She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.


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