“a woman who fears the Lord”



This verse is part of the “vituous woman” proverb in which King Lemuel's mother describes qualities to be sought in a woman. This verse says the favoring people is to deceive and beauty is vanity. Yet a woman who fears the lord will be praised and honored. Earlier verses descibe her value as being greater than precious stones and how she is clothed in strength and honor.

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

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Proverbs 31:30 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Favour הַ֭חֵן Graciousness, i.e., subjective (kindness, favor) or objective (beauty) Favour
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
deceitful, שֶׁ֣קֶר An untruth; by implication, a sham (often adverbial) deceitful
and beauty הַיֹּ֑פִי Beauty beauty
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
vain: וְהֶ֣בֶל Emptiness or vanity; figuratively, something transitory and unsatisfactory; often used as an adverb vain
but (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
a woman אִשָּׁ֥ה A woman woman
that (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
feareth יִרְאַת Fearing; morally, reverent feareth
the Lord, יְ֝הוָ֗ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
she הִ֣יא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are she
shall be praised. תִתְהַלָּֽל׃ To be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate; also to stultify praised

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  • 28  Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

  • 29  Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

  • 30  Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

  • 31  Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.


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